Wichitans charged with bank fraud, identity theft

07/17/2013 9:13 AM

07/17/2013 9:16 AM

Two Wichitans have been charged in a grand jury indictment with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Mario Diaz, 25, and Vanity Johnson, 24, were charged Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

The indictment alleges that, between Feb. 4 and March 26 in Sedgwick County, the defendants used checks stolen from a home and the account holder’s Social Security number to change the contact information on the account at Intrust Bank. They also allegedly forged nine checks for more than $12,000.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1million on the bank fraud count.

In another indictment handed down Tuesday, a former branch manager at Landmark National Bank in Garden City was charged with embezzling more than $99,999 from a bank, Grissom’s office said.

Sheri L. Green, 52, Garden City was charged with one count of misapplication of bank funds between Aug. 16, 2012, and Dec. 26, 2012.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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