Audrey Strauss, the US Attorney for the South District of New York, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, the Special Agent of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in charge in New York, announced today that GUILLERMO PEREZ was arrested this morning for the More than $ 2.2 million corporate and individual fraud through the compromise of business email and bank fraud programs. PEREZ will be brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas tomorrow.

According to the allegations contained in the indictment[1] unsealed today:

From at least October 2018 to at least October 2019, GUILLERMO PEREZ participated in a corporate fraud program by impersonating individuals and companies in otherwise common financial transactions, thereby fraudulently misleading counterparties to those transactions to transfer funds to bank accounts, controlled by PEREZ and its co-conspirators (the “Business Email Compromise Scheme”). To facilitate this system, PEREZ conspired to deceive state-insured banks into opening commercial bank accounts (the “fraudulent bank accounts”) by providing false and misleading information to the banks about the affiliation of PEREZ’s co-conspirators.

Reliance on the above false and misleading statements, the victims of the Business Email Compromise Scheme deposited more than $ 2.2 million in the fraudulent bank accounts. PEREZ and its co-conspirators, knowing that the money was fraudulent proceeds, transferred those fraudulent proceeds from the fraudulent bank accounts in transactions designed to obscure and disguise their source, property, and control.

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GUILLERMO PEREZ, 26, of Houston, Texas, is charged with (1) conspiracy to commit wire transfer fraud and bank fraud with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and (2) conspiracy to commit money laundering with a maximum penalty Sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

The maximum possible sentences in these cases are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only as each conviction of the accused is determined by a judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the investigative work of HSI. Prosecution in this case is carried out by the Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Department. U.S. Assistant Attorneys Emily Deininger and Tara La Morte are in charge of the indictment.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

[1] As the opening sentence implies, all of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute allegations only, and any fact described should be treated as an allegation.