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Bank teller admits role in tax check fraud scheme

September 22, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey woman has admitted her role in defrauding the federal Treasury Department out of more than $900,000 in income tax return checks.

Rosanna Rodriguez, of Middlesex, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the United States. She faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced Jan. 12.

Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Rodriguez was the head teller at a Perth Amboy bank. She would receive Treasury checks from her conspirators and cash the checks against unknowing third-party accounts at the bank.

Rodriguez admitted the total loss from the conspiracy was more than $900,000. She also admitted using a portion of that money for her own personal expenses, even though she knew the money had been fraudulently obtained.

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