TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Isaleb Anofils, 31, of Vero Beach, pled guilty last Friday, October 16, and Donyell Garland, 32, of Tallahassee, plead guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, 13 counts of bank fraud, and 1 count of aggravated identity theft. Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the guilty plea.
Between January 1, 2018, and April 9, 2018, Anofils and Garland conspired to defraud federally insured financial institutions. The defendants used a combination of a cell phone spoofing app and various Internet websites to obtain personally identifiable information of victims. Anofils and Garland then used that information to conduct 285 fraudulent ATM transactions at Tallahassee-area financial institutions. In total, Anofils and Garland stole or attempted to steal over $151,000 from 47 Wells Fargo customers.
Both men face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison for the conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud counts, and an additional 2-year mandatory minimum prison sentence, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for the aggravated identity theft count.
This case resulted from a joint investigation by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Justin M. Keen is prosecuting the case.
Anofils’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 11, 2021, and Garland’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 10, 2021. Both hearings will take place at the United States District Court in Tallahassee before Chief Judge Mark Walker.
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