A Hackensack woman who stole more than $2 million in an elaborate bank fraud scheme was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison.
Alexis Taylor, 32, of Hackensack had already pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Newark to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for her role in the plot, which ran from March 2017 to June 2018, according to acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.
Federal authorities said Taylor bought stolen information off the dark web that included people’s bank account information and the answers to their security questions.
She and her associates then traveled to banks in New York and New Jersey and elsewhere to impersonate the account holders and withdraw money, Honig said. Or Taylor would request that the bank make a wire transfer and send the money to her own accounts.
Taylor then went to the victims’ homes and intercepted debit cards and other financial documents the banks had mailed to them, Honig said.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez sentenced Taylor to four years of supervised release.
The court has also scheduled a hearing in May to determine how much Taylor should pay in restitution, Honig said.