A Clarksville woman was sentenced to three years in prison last week for her role in a bank and identity fraud case.
Nicole C. Walker, 40, of Clarksville, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
LaToya Chambers, 43, of Nashville, also charged in this case, was sentenced in August to 30 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Eli J. Richardson also ordered the defendants to pay $84,416.00 in restitution.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Chambers, a former teller at NGH Credit Union, (now Cornerstone Financial Credit Union) and Walker were indicted on Dec. 19, 2018, after an investigation determined that Chambers had used her position to obtain personal identifying information of credit union customers. During their plea hearings, Chambers and Walker admitted that from March 2018 through July 2018, Chambers shared the personal information that she had obtained with Walker, who used the identities to make fraudulent withdrawals from the victims’ credit union accounts without their knowledge. Chambers and Walker divided the proceeds of many of the fraudulent transactions between themselves, according to the release.
Several of the credit union customers were elderly and had accumulated assets. According to court records, the financial institutions involved in these transactions lost over $80,000. The release said that Walker also used some of the stolen identities to conduct other personal transactions outside of the credit union.