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Former bank employee pleads guilty to conspiracy to defraud more than $250K

Authorities say Silver Spring woman, others posed as bank account holders

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A former Capital One bank employee from Silver Spring pleaded guilty on Tuesday to being part of a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $250,000, authorities said.

Danielle Bartley, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a scheme that involved compromising the account information of at least nine accounts, and seeking at least $253,000 in fraudulent withdrawals and transfers, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Bartley was a branch associate in Washington, D.C., from June to August 2017, according to her plea agreement.

She and her co-conspirators posed as the holders of the nine bank accounts. One of the other conspirators helped obtain a $50,000 wire transfer, but other attempts to get money were stopped, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Co-conspirator Krishna Jannor-John Marsh, 25, of New York City, was sentenced for his role in the scheme in 2018, according to the press release. He later fled to Jamaica, but was extradited back to the United States.

Bartley faces up to 20 years in prison, but the sentencing guidelines call for a little more than two years in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000, according to the press release. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

Bartley also must pay $50,000 in restitution to Capital One and forfeit the $3,750 she received as part of the scheme.

William Brennan Jr. and Michael Lawlor, attorneys who represent Bartley, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com