Joe Frazier Granddaughter Indicted on Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

Tamyra Frazier's father is Marvis Frazier. Her aunt is Judge Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde.


A 2010 Facebook photo of Tamyra Frazier and Joe Frazier.

Just over three years after the death of Philadelphia boxing great Joe Frazier, his 30-year-old granddaughter could be in a heap of trouble with the feds. Tamyra Frazier of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has been charged with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy, and a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to an indictment filed in Philadelphia’s U.S. District Court by U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, Frazier used her position as an employee at Beneficial Bank in Jenkintown to provide personal and account information of bank customers to members of an identity theft ring.

Prosecutors say that Frazier would turn that information over to one of her alleged co-conspirators, who would use it to make false identifications and bogus checks. And then another member of the ring would allegedly take the false ID to a Beneficial Bank branch and cash checks or make a fraudulent cash withdraw in the name of the actual account holder. In all, the government claims that Frazier’s information led to the theft of over $41,500. One of the alleged co-conspirators, Timmie Garfield, was arrested in 2011 and charged with identity theft and related offenses; his case is ongoing.

The indictment states that Frazier was recruited on December 1, 2010, and lists transactions from December 10th through December 28th of that year. Frazier’s LinkedIn profile lists her dates of employment with the bank as July through December of 2010. Prior to her time at Beneficial, she worked at TD Bank for eight months, and after leaving Beneficial, she spent eleven months at the Franklin Mint Credit Union before leaving for Prudential Insurance Company, where she is currently employed, according to her LinkedIn account.

Tamyra Frazier, who attended Cheltenham High School and Chestnut Hill College, is the eldest daughter of Joe Frazier’s son Marvis Frazier, who left the boxing world in 1988 to become an ordained minister. His most memorable fights were also his biggest defeats: first-round knockouts at the hands of Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. Her aunt — Marvis’ sister — is Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge and former boxer Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde.

None of the Fraziers responded to a request for comment.

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