A Boston woman and at least two accomplices allegedly stole personal identification information and more than $67,000 from local Citizen Bank customers’ accounts, according to a federal indictment.
Kimberly B. Gomez, 53, was indicted on bank fraud charges, the US Attorney’s Office and the US Secret Service in Boston announced Thursday.
Beginning in 2010, Gomez and her cohorts – whom authorities did not identify – allegedly led a scheme to obtain personal identification and account information for customers of Citizens Bank branches throughout Massachusetts with high savings account balances, officials said.
The group used that information – names, addresses, birth dates, and account numbers – to obtain fake ID’s, which were used to make fraudulent withdrawals from the bank branches, officials said.
Gomez allegedly withdrew more than $67,000 from the accounts of three Citizens customers before she tried, unsuccessfully to steal $13,000 from a fourth account, authorities said.
If convicted, Gomez could served up to 30 years in prison followed by five years of probation, officials said.
Citizens Bank cooperated with the investigation, officials said.