Florida Man Charged With Wire Fraud & Bank Fraud In East Tennessee
A Florida man is now facing charges in east Tennessee for wire fraud and money laundering among other charges. 24 year old Johntavis Rogers of Fort Myers, Florida was in Federal Court in Greeneville on Thursday. Rogers plead not guilty to 15 charges against him after he was indicted by a grand jury on February 8th for wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.. According to the indictment, Rogers, while in Florida, contacted unsuspecting persons in East Tennessee through various social media platforms, like Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. Rogers would convince unsuspecting victims that he had discovered a way to legitimately deposit funds into their accounts with financial institutions and share the proceeds. When customers provided their account login information, Rogers would use online banking applications to deposit fraudulent checks into their accounts and then cause the transfer of proceeds from those checks to himself. The indictment alleges that the scheme affected six financial institutions in this area between March and August of 2021.
If convicted of bank fraud, Rogers faces a term of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1 million, and up to five years on supervised release.
Rogers’ trial has been set for August 16, 2022, in United States District Court, in Greeneville.