St. Louis man given five years in federal prison for fraudulent armored car pick-up www.privateofficer.com
Mario Darnell Smith, 29, pretended to be an Ameren employee and contacted U.S. Bank last year to arrange the money pickup.
But employees became suspicious midway through the scam and contacted the FBI.
Smith had an inside man — his co-defendant and acquaintance, Jeffrey G. White, 28, who worked for a St. Louis County branch of the bank and supplied account numbers and other information, prosecutors claim.
White pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and was sentenced in June to three years of probation.
Smith pleaded guilty in May to two counts of mail fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
In addition to the five years from U.S. District Judge Rod Sippel, Smith will have to serve an extra year, as he was on probation from a federal gun charge at the time of this crime.
Source:St Louis Post