Greek Woman Defrauds U.S. Banks out of $1.7 Million

dollarbills_3089601bA woman from Greece, and other perpetrators, defrauded U.S. banks out of 1.7 million dollars by creating fake businesses and bank accounts, federal authorities announced Thursday.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dora Argyropoulos, a 59-year-old Athens, Greece, resident, entered the United States in Miami on November 9, when he was arrested and was s indicted in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Wednesday on two counts of bank fraud. She is charged of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in the U.S.

The woman and her unidentified accomplices registered fake business names in the U.S. and set up accounts in those names at ten banks, the report says. The perpetrators would then return to Greece taking advantage of bank procedures. They would use debit cards linked to those accounts and would create “massive overdrafts” and fees totaling 1.7 million dollars, the federal authorities said.