GALLOWAY TWP – A Mays Landing woman and a Galloway Township man were charged and arrested by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for conspiring to obtain—and obtaining—the personal credit card information of more than 40 customers of a local bank, and using that information to make over $20,000.00 worth of unauthorized transactions, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, assisted by the Corporate Investigations Department of Wells Fargo and management of the Route 30 Pomona branch of the Wells Fargo Bank, resulted in the following charges issued on August 22, 2016, against Kyesha Muhammad, 33, of the 2600 block of Dogwood Court, Mays Landing, NJ. and Larry Gilliam Jr., 38, of the 600 block of Lakefront Circle, Galloway Township, NJ.:
- Identity Theft—a crime of the 2nd degree,
- Theft by Deception—a 3rd degree crime,
- Credit Card Theft—3rd degree,
- Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards—3rd degree,
- Money Laundering—3rd degree, and
- Conspiracy to Commit Identify Theft, a 2nd degree crime.
- The state alleges that Kyesha Muhammad used her position as a banker at the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Galloway Township to unlawfully obtain the credit card information of 42 customers and provide that information to Larry Gilliam Jr., and make fraudulent transactions on their credit cards, resulting in a net loss to Wells Fargo Bank of $23,605.25.
- The investigation led, on August 23, 2016, to the execution of 3 search warrants by Detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, assisted by members of the Hamilton Township Police Department, the Galloway Township Police Department, and Atlantic County SWAT, and Muhammad was arrested the same day at her home without incident.
Muhammad was transported to the Prosecutor’s Office for arrest processing, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 cash bail set by Municipal Court Judge Howard E. Freed. Muhammad was subsequently released on bail, and remains free pending court.
Larry Gilliam Jr. was located this week in custody in another State on an unrelated matter, and was extradited to New Jersey and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice facility where, this morning, October 7, 2016, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit detectives served him the criminal complaints. Gilliam is detained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Blee.
Detective Aliya Simnor of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit led the investigation, under the supervision of Sergeant Lynne Dougherty.
A conviction for a 2nd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. A conviction for a 3rd degree crime carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years of imprisonment.
Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-658-TIPS (8477); the anonymous (confidential) tip line 652-1234, or text TIPCOP plus your tip to 274637.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.