Channel 6 News � Former Va. bank employee sentenced to over 2 years in prison for aiding man to steal $17 million: "ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (BNO NEWS) – A former bank employee was sentenced to over 2 years in prison for helping a co-conspirator to steal $17 million from bank, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington said on Friday.
Sissaye Gezachew, 32, of Springfield, Virginia, worked as an assistant vice president-senior credit analyst at United Bank during the time frame of the scheme. From 2007 to 2009, he assisted Ossama El-Atari, 31, of Ashburn, Virginia, to defraud the United Bank among others throughout the U.S.
Gezachew supplied El-Atari with fraudulent documents, including a fraudulent tax return, and setting up fake domain names and e-mail accounts from his co-conspirator to submit to the bank in support of the fraudulently obtained loans.
In December 2007, El-Atari and Gezachew discuss a $5 million loan sought by El-Atari to buy additional steakhouses in Maryland. However, Gezachew informed him that his balance sheet did not add up.
El-Atari acknowledged that his purported collateral, his life insurance policy, was false too"
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