In Court With Tiffany Williams

By Tiffany Williams –

On Monday, at the U.S. District Court in Boston, Bintu Toure pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Toure conspired with others to open numerous bank accounts in Massachusetts in the name of sham companies, as part of a business email compromise scheme. A BEC scheme is a sophisticated scam targeting businesses involved in wire transfer payments. The fraud is carried out by compromising and/or “spoofing” legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, to cause employees of the victim company (or other individuals involved in legitimate business transactions) to transfer funds to accounts controlled by the scammers. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled Toure to be sentenced on April 16, 2021.

On Monday at the U.S. District Court in Boston, former attorney Kevin M. Brill, 61, of Newton, pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. From 2012 to July 2017, Brill served as a trustee for three family trusts with funds held at Morgan Stanley Bank. As trustee, Brill had fiduciary responsibilities to protect and preserve the funds of the trusts and make expenditures for the benefit of each beneficiary. As part of his embezzlement scheme, Brill created new accounts at Santander Bank through which he funneled funds he withdrew from the trust accounts. Over the course of the six-year scheme, Brill embezzled and misappropriated more than $600,000. In addition, Brill failed to report his illegal income to the IRS, thereby avoiding payment of more than $169,000 that he owed in federal income taxes. U.S. Senior District Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled Brill to be sentenced on April 5, 2021.

On Monday at the U.S. District Court in Boston, a federal grand jury indicted Dedrick Lindsey, 37, of Brockton with one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. Lindsey was previously indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On July 19, 2018, after law enforcement found a .25 caliber pistol, 18 grams of fentanyl and 10.5 grams of cocaine in his possession. Lindsey is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous drug convictions.

On Monday at the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Luis Velez, 42, of Springfield pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen firearms. On July 5, 2019, Velez was in possession of three stolen firearms. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled Velez to be sentenced on April 2, 2021.

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