Leonardo Nascimento, a man from Worcester, MA, has been accused of fraudulently depositing $1 million in his bank account.
Leonardo Nascimento Arrest
Nascimento Arrested. “Leonardo Nascimento, 34, was charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Nascimento will make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston at a later date. According to charging documents, on Oct. 30, 2020, Nascimento visited a branch of Santander Bank, opened a business bank account and then deposited a United States Treasury check in the amount of $1,064,613 in someone else’s name into the account.” [FBI]
FBI: Checks Signed Over For Over $1 Million. “Nascimento allegedly provided Santander with a form claiming the payee gave Nascimento permission to cash a check in his name. That form also contained the payee’s purported signature. Investigators then spoke with the payee who confirmed that the Treasury Check was his 2019 personal tax return refund. It is alleged that Nascimento did not know the payee and that the signature on the check was not the payee’s actual signature.” [FBI]