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Leader of Belle Glade Bank Fraud Conspiracy Pleads Guilty in Miami Court


By Staff Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC News)Published Dec 29th, 2023


MIAMI - In a significant development in a high-profile bank fraud case, Ja’kevious Ri’shaad Vickers, the leader of a Belle Glade-based bank fraud conspiracy, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. This plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman on December 21.


Vickers, along with associates Gregory Bernard Ashley Jr., and Naim W. Kahook, orchestrated a complex scheme involving stolen checks, theft of personal identifying information, and the production of fraudulent or fake checks. This criminal enterprise has been under investigation, revealing a web of financial fraud that has now led to significant legal repercussions for those involved.


On December 21, marking a pivotal moment in this case, Vickers admitted his involvement and guilt, setting the stage for a sentencing hearing scheduled for March 14, 2024. He faces a severe penalty for his actions, including a mandatory minimum of two years in prison. This will run consecutively to a possible maximum of 30 years, reflecting the gravity of his crimes.


In a related development, co-conspirators Ashley and Kahook also entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit bank fraud on December 14 and December 21, respectively. They, too, are awaiting sentencing on March 14, 2024, each facing up to 30 years in federal prison. These pleas mark a significant milestone in the fight against organized financial crime.


The case has been a collaborative effort between various law enforcement agencies and legal departments. U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, along with Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI Miami Field Office and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, announced the guilty pleas, underscoring the importance of inter-agency cooperation in tackling such sophisticated criminal activities.


The FBI Miami, West Palm Beach Resident Agency, and PBSO conducted the investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Marton Gyires leading the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jorge Roberto Delgado is overseeing asset forfeiture related to the case.

This case has attracted considerable attention due to its complexity and the high-profile nature of the criminal activities involved. For those seeking more information or related court documents, they are available on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov, or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 23-cr-80185.


This case stands as a stark reminder of the consequences of engaging in bank fraud and identity theft, sending a strong message to potential offenders about the seriousness with which such crimes are treated in the judicial system.


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