The FBI defines BEC schemes as scams that target businesses that regularly perform wire transfers by compromising official email accounts in an attempt to conduct unauthorized fund transfers. This recent BEC scheme is the first reported scheme that has identified and targeted an LSC grantee's financial institutions in order to gain unauthorized access to their accounts (including both banking and investment accounts).
On November 8, 2021, as a result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, and the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a former Information Technology (IT) Manager for an LSC grantee entered into a Pretrial Diversion Agreement (PDA) with the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO).
On December 6, 2021, in Superior Court, Orange County, CA, Luna and Cancino pled guilty to multiple counts of Grand Theft, one count of Theft of Personal Property, and one count of Unauthorized Practice of Law. Sentencing for Luna and Cancino is scheduled for June 6, 2022