71-year-old security guard accused in $500,000 bank phishing scheme

A 71-year-old Stock Island woman helped swindle $500,000 from victims in a phishing scheme by offering strangers her bank accounts for deposits and then wiring sums up to $239,000 overseas, state investigators said.

Lila B. Garcia accepted various checks from someone who reached out to her on social media using the name Brian McClure and, between June 2013 and November 2015, whirled fat checks into her accounts and sent thousands at a time to banks in Malaysia, India and Nigeria, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Millard Quad.

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