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BOURG WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK THEFT IN FEDERAL COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2010

MELINDA ANN BILLIOT, age 32, a resident of Bourg, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U. S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to one count of bank theft, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the factual basis, BILLIOT admitted between January and April, 2009, while employed as a bank teller by Whitney National Bank, she stole approximately $12,800 from her teller drawer and used the money for her own personal gain. BILLIOT was able to do this by creating fictitious auditing reports which reflected that her drawer was balanced at the end of her shifts. The deficiency was later discovered through a bank audit.

The count carries a maximum statutory penalty of ten (10) years of confinement, a $250,000 fine and three (3) years supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 10, 2011.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Juan M. Masini.

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