Man sentenced for using inside information to drain BECU bank accounts

SEATTLE — A Seattle man on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for draining bank accounts using information from a bank insider, according to a news release from the office of Nick Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington.

According to the investigation, from March to October 2019, 33-year-old Kevin Antoine Jones got information from an insider at Boeing Employees Credit Union that Jones used to impersonate customers and obtain new debit cards for their accounts.

Prosecutors said Jones then recruited others, including his father, to impersonate customers and drain their bank accounts.

About 20 customers were affected. Jones was ordered to pay $231,000 in restitution.

The bank insider was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Jones’ father pleaded guilty and is awaiting federal sentencing.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Kirkland Police Department.

Case records show Jones has spent the last 12 years in and out of prison.

A 16-year-old girl told police Jones would not let her go home to her family until she earned $25,000 for him as a prostitute. In that case, Jones was convicted of promoting prostitution in 2007. He was also convicted that year of illegally possessing a firearm.

In 2011, he was convicted of bank robbery-related charges. In 2017, while on supervised release for that crime, he was convicted of illegally possessing ammunition.

Jones was on supervised release after serving 30 months in prison when in 2019, he was arrested for allegedly stealing from a casino and attacking a blackjack dealer.

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