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Case Number: 1:19-cr-10369-MLW
Judge: Mark L. Wolf
Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Suffolk County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Boston, Massachusetts
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Description: Boston, Massachusetts wire fraud criminal defense lawyer represented Bintu Toure, age 26, who was charted with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
Toure conspired with others to open numerous bank accounts in Massachusetts in the name of sham companies, as part of a BEC scheme. A BEC scheme is a sophisticated scam often targeting businesses involved in wire transfer payments. The fraud is carried out by compromising and/or “spoofing” legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, to cause employees of the victim company (or other individuals involved in legitimate business transactions) to transfer funds to accounts controlled by the scammers.
Through the use of fraudulent invoices and spoofed email accounts, Toure conspired to trick the victims of the scheme into wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to bank accounts under her control. Toure and her co-conspirators then transferred funds from the accounts on to others located overseas.
The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of money laundering conspiracy provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the amount involved in the transaction, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Brady, of Lelling’s Criminal Division and Jordi de Llano, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Securities & Financial Fraud Unit, are prosecuting the case.
Outcome: 01/11/2021 21 ELECTRONIC NOTICE OF RESCHEDULING as to Bintu Toure ***AS TO TIME ONLY***.
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Waiver of Indictment and Plea to Information hearing re-set for 1/11/2021 04:00 PM in Remote Proceeding: Boston before Judge Mark L. Wolf. (Loret, Magdalena) (Entered: 01/11/2021)
01/11/2021 22 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Bintu Toure. (Loret, Magdalena) (Entered: 01/12/2021)
01/11/2021 23 Electronic Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before Judge Mark L. Wolf: Waiver of Indictment and Plea to Information as to Bintu Toure held on 1/11/2021. Defendant present and sworn. Defendant consents to proceeding by videoconference. Court conducts colloquy. Plea Agreement marked into evidence as Ex. 1. Court accepts defendant's Waiver. Court conducts arraignment. Defendant pleads guilty to Counts 1 and 2. Defendant released on existing conditions. Sentencing set for 4/16/21 at 1:30 p.m. Any motions shall be filed by 4/2/21, oppositions shall be filed by 4/9/21. Procedural Sentencing Order to follow. (Attorneys present: Brady, deLlano, Malcolm.) Court Reporter Name and Contact or digital recording information: Kelly Mortellite at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Loret, Magdalena) (Entered: 01/12/2021)
01/11/2021 24 Judge Mark L. Wolf: PROCEDURAL ORDER re sentencing hearing as to Bintu Toure. Sentencing set for 4/16/2021 01:30 PM in Remote Proceeding: Boston before Judge Mark L. Wolf. (Loret, Magdalena) (Entered: 01/12/2021)
01/11/2021 25 EXHIBIT 1 Plea Agreement to Waiver hearing held on 1/11/21. (Loret, Magdalena) (Entered: 01/12/2021)