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Bank Employee Admits Role in Fraud Conspiracy
The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE – A Providence woman who was previously employed by Citizens Bank admitted to a federal judge that she stole the banking information of unsuspecting individuals, businesses, and a law firm, and then provided that information to the leader of a bank fraud conspiracy, who used it to create fraudulent personal and business checks, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Savonnah Briggs, 28, admitted that, while employed by the bank, she accessed customer information and check images, and provided screenshots of that information to Richard Kobi, 27, of Providence. Kobi then used the stolen information to create fraudulent checks that he deposited into his own bank, or that he provided to other individuals that he solicited on Facebook and paid to deposit the checks into bank accounts they controlled. After the checks were deposited, Koboi and others made, or attempted to make, rapid withdrawals of cash from ATMs or bank tellers.