Manalapan check-kiting suspect’s bank fraud case begins
The Manalapan man at the center of a federal check-kiting investigation risks up to 30 years in prison, if convicted of bank fraud.
Daniel White, 51, completed his initial court appearance in Trenton today. He also faces one count of aggravated identity theft.
White allegedly organized an operation that drained more than $530,000 from TD Bank, using stolen Social Security numbers, according to the office of Acting New Jersey U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick. He was arrested in Atlantic City in June 2016.
Investigators allege that between February 2015 and June 2016, White and others opened 413 checking accounts, using 133 Social Security numbers, 84 of which belonged to none of them.
White and others wrote and cashed 472 checks, addressed to himself or other new-account signatories, knowing that the accounts against which they were written contained insufficient funds, then deposited the checks and withdrew the money before the checks bounced.
In June 2016, Patch reported that White was arrested in Stafford, at the time accused of conspiring to open 86 bogus accounts in five states over the span of a year and skimming about $386,000.
A December 2015 article in the Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, identfies White as a patron of the Sands Casino of Bethelem, PA, charged with theft for allegedly cheating at blackjack for more than $11,000.
In addition to prison time, the bank fraud count carries possible fines as high as $1,000,000. The aggravated identity theft charge is punishable by up to two more consecutive years in prison on conviction.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah M. Wolfe represents the government in the case. White's attorney is Assistant Federal Public Defender Andrea Bergman
Federal investigators received assistance form the Ocean County Prossecutor's Office and Manchester Police Department.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.