Woman accused in fraudulent transactions involving out-of-state companies

Woman accused in fraudulent transactions involving out-of-state companies
Lisa Raymond (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman was accused in a scheme to reroute money from one person's bank account into her own bank account.

A judge found probable cause on Tuesday to charge Lisa D. Raymond with theft by receiving greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit, SBA Communications, based in Florida, contacted the Jonesboro Police Department over a case of financial identity fraud.

The company said someone posing as their Chief Financial Officer contacted the human resources department via email in February asking to change his direct deposit account into a specified account. HR complied with the request.

The account, however, did not belong to the CFO. Instead, the company discovered it belonged to an account in Jonesboro listed in Lisa Raymond's name.  More than $18,000 was deposited into Raymond's account.

While investigating, bank records showed a second potential victim. "Patriot National Insurance received a similar email changing their CEO's direct deposit account into Lisa Raymond's account for the amount of $13,801.05," the affidavit said. The transactions happened in Nov. 2017.

According to the court records, Bear State Bank talked with Raymond about the transaction and "believed she had been involved in a scheme where she was used to receive the money and send it to other suspects."

The bank informed Raymond in November that such transactions were not legal and believed she had been "ignorant of the fraud."

However, a few months later, she was involved in another fraudulent transaction that prompted the bank to shut down her account, according to the court record.

Police interviewed Raymond on May 25. She told investigators she had been talking to a man online and he requested that she receive the money and send it to other people in Texas and New York through money transfers and iTunes cards. She said she paid her rent, car payment, utilities and purchased other items with money she received in the transactions.

Raymond was released from custody on an "OR" (own recognizance) bond.

A judge set her next court day for July 27.

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