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Criminal Investigation | April 20, 2022

Cameron Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud Scheme


N.C. A Cameron man pleaded guilty in federal court today to a charge of bank fraud arising out of a scheme to defraud financial institutions in the Eastern District of North Carolina and elsewhere. According to court documents and information presented at the hearing, Edward Wheeler is a staff sergeant assigned to Pope Army Airfield. From January 2019 to September 2021, Wheeler defrauded multiple financial institutions by filing account fraud claims that were themselves fraudulent. To execute the scheme, Wheeler opened bank accounts and conducted financial transactions for his personal benefit. The transactions included: EFT and wire transfers to accounts Wheeler held with other banks; purchases of cryptocurrency; purchases of gold and other precious metals, and purchases of goods from Amazon and Ebay.