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Sat Mar 16, 2019, 08:21 AM

Boston Woman Sentenced for $2.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

BOSTON – A Boston woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for her role in a scheme to embezzle more than $2.7 million from Bank of America using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations.

Brianna Alexis Forde, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to four months in prison and two years of supervised release, including six months of home detention. She was also ordered to pay $778,000 in restitution to Bank of America. In November 2018, Forde pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In May 2017, Forde was indicted with co-conspirators Palestine Ace, a/k/a Pam Ace, 46, a former Senior Vice President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management Division, and her husband, Jonathan R. Ace, 46.

From approximately October 2010 to April 2015, the defendants engaged in an embezzlement and kickback scheme to defraud Bank of America of approximately $2.7 million using fraudulent donations to non-profit organizations. As part of the scheme, Palestine Ace used her position as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America to misappropriate funds from a marketing budget and transfer the money to non-profit organizations. Specifically, Palestine Ace authorized 75 transactions, each under $50,000, to non-profit organizations in Boston and Atlanta. Then, the defendants, either directly or indirectly, informed the non-profit organizations that a substantial portion of the donated funds must be returned in order to ensure that Bank of America would continue to fund the organization. The non-profit organizations either wrote a check to Jonathan Ace or Forde, or they returned funds to a Bank of America account, to which the defendants had access. On various occasions, Jonathan Ace pressured the recipients of the donated funds to return a higher percentage of the funds to him, by using intimidation and threats of public humiliation.

Palestine and Jonathan Ace used a portion of the funds they embezzled from Bank of America to support their lifestyle and pay for personal expenses, including lavish birthday parties and the purchase of a $17,000 Kawasaki motorcycle. Forde personally received over $200,000 for her role in the scheme.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/boston-woman-sentenced-27-million-bank-fraud-scheme

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watoos Mar 16 #1

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Sat Mar 16, 2019, 08:30 AM

1. She made a mistake like Bernie Madoff made,

they stole from rich people.

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