Attorney Admits $3.5 Million Fraud Scheme

A licensed attorney in the District of Columbia pleaded guilty to a three-year fraud scheme responsible for at least $3.5 million in fraudulent transactions. The attorney reportedly purchased the credentials of her victims on the darkweb.

According to an announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 41-year-old Tricia Steele Boutros pleaded guilty to wire fraud on May 1. Boutros reportedly accessed the darkweb frequently and purchased stolen bank account credentials on darkweb marketplaces. She then used the credentials to access at least 30 different bank accounts from more than ten different financial institutions.

Boutros admitted that after gaining access to her victim’s accounts, she transferred money from the accounts to accounts she controlled and through entities she had established, such as her law firm, Steele Legal. She also wrote fraudulent cheques that were payable to herself, her entities, and to her creditors. To facilitate the transfer of the fraudulent funds to her benefit, Boutros also opened fraudulent bank accounts in her victim’s names.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into Boutros began in April 2019 after two people reported that their identities had been stolen in 2017. The couple told the FBI that two of their bank accounts had numerous unauthorized ACH withdrawals. The accounts also had several fraudulent cheques deposited into accounts at other financial institutions.

The FBI then investigated the fraudulent bank accounts Boutros had opened under the couple’s names. While examining one of the bank accounts opened Boutros had opened on August 2, 2017, the FBI found that Boutros had registered the account with an address associated with Steele Legal, Boutros’ law firm.

Boutros also used her home I.P. address to access some of the stolen accounts:

The internet protocol (“IP”) address 96.231.222.29 was used on August 6, 2017, to apply to open the TIAA account in the name of [victim 1] and the joint account in the names of [victim 2] and [victim 3]. The IP address 96.231.220.242 was used on August 9, 2017, to access TIAA accounts -8012 and -1415. These two IP addresses belonged to Verizon and were assigned to Boutros’ residence, 475 K Street NW, Unit 1103, Washington, D.C., on those specified dates. During Boutros’ interview with FBI agents, Boutros said that she lived alone.

The FBI questioned Boutros. She told the investigators that Steele Legal was a “cloud-based” law firm that had no employees and no payroll system. On May 29, 2019, the FBI executed a search warrant at Boutros’ home in Washington, D.C., and seized several chequebooks for the fraudulent bank accounts. The cheques displayed the couple’s names and Steele’s home address.

The FBI acquired an arrest warrant for Boutros in 2019. They executed the warrant on October 28, 2019. The The arrest led to the stoppage or reversal of some of Boutros’ $3.5 million fraudulent transactions.

Boutros admitted that she had obtained between $1.3 million and $2.2 million from the fraud scheme. She will be sentenced on September 16, 2020.

17 Comments

HAHA

Tue, May 5, 2020

First of all lets just say I can smell the Democrat rat from here.

Now more importantly, using your own IP?? This whole scheme sounds literally impossible to not catch up to you. But accessing accounts being monitored when doing such shady, democrat typical behavior…well…well ahh ya know what, her being a democrat is pretttty much explains this entire story.

Case closed! move along faggots…

fuck this woman

Wed, May 6, 2020

she deserves to get a life sentence for those fucking opsec sins

DumbBiiii

Wed, May 6, 2020

This cunt clearly smells like a typical Elite Democrat. I dont know many republicans that steal but this dumb cunt must be a democrat because the fraud they are involved in …. smh. It was like back in highschool and all parents thought they knew the “good” kids yet they were slinging dime baggies of headies…..Tricia is no different in modern day times.

BTW stop deleting my fucking comments, where is the freedom of speech, its the fuckin darkweb you imbecile

Frosty

Wed, May 6, 2020

She deserves it taking money from people like that.

BTW 2 of my comments were deleted/never posted….talk about censorship. Prrtty sure this entire site is a left leaning propaganda machine….lets see if #3 makes the cut,

Not My Real Name

Wed, May 6, 2020

I figured it all out: She's from Texas. Texas = Monumental balls + ridiculous downfall (due to child-like faith in bad opsec)

BRUH

Wed, May 6, 2020

BRUH HER BUSINESS NAME WAS STEELE LEGAL!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO

frosty

Thu, May 7, 2020

Poor lady

Jonny

Thu, May 7, 2020

HOME IP ARE U SERIOUS

John

Sun, May 10, 2020

SHE IS A TRUMP SUPPORTER!

Adminshit

Mon, May 11, 2020

The admin is fucking asshole keep deleting comments. why the fuck are you deleting comments fucking RAT.

GoodAdmin

Tue, May 12, 2020

fuck you assholes commenting in here she done what she done and got caught and will get sentanced who da fuck needs your opinion democratic and republicans fighting everywhere inside the usa and outside online and offline fuck you all. poor lady hope she get the least sentance she only stool very rich people clearly

frosty69

Tue, May 12, 2020

Obviously she is a winnie the pooh bear loving member of CCP, and after serving her time in prison, should be deported back to Wuhan for her crimes.

sad

Wed, May 13, 2020

tfw no hacker mommy gf

what kind of opsec is this

Sat, May 16, 2020

BRUH she accessed an account she bought from the dark web AT HER HOMMEE! if i was that simple minded i would atleast know to access thru it at a cafe or sum shit but neva home

donnydrako

Sun, May 17, 2020

in USA does have 2FA (OTP) ? what is “credentials " that is username and password ? how to possible break biometric or 2FA ?

its possible make this “scam/fround” in europe ? its easy scam or i need IT skills for this ?

Fucking WOW

Fri, May 22, 2020

Multi million dollar scam going from her home IP and one entitity with her name in it. A licensed attorney. WTF level of stupid is this? Oh well, guess she can teach the home gurls jail house law for awhile. Yep, another tarded Gee Ohh Pee Er.

If it wasnt for the bad opsec, she wouldve gotten away.

Mon, May 25, 2020

If her opsec was better, used an RDP or Socks, she would have gotten away.

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