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LULING WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2010

United States Attorney Jim Letten announced that CHARLOTTE TROXLER, 46, of Luling, Louisiana plead guilty as charged to a Bill of Information filed on September 24, 2010 charging TROXLER with three (3) counts of defrauding First American Bank in connection with the theft of funds during her employment with Benson Properties, Benson Football L.L.C., and Bensco of Louisiana, L.L.C.; as well as Leson Chevrolet Company and Ray Brandt Automobile Dealerships.

TROXLER worked for Benson as a Financial Assistant from on or about 1985 through on or about March 2006; Leson as a Financial Controller from on or about August 2009 through on or about November 2009; and Ray Brandt as a Financial Controller from on or about November 2008 through on or about July 2009. TROXLER stole approximately 1.1 million dollars by creating unauthorized payees on company checks and then depositing the stolen funds into accounts controlled by her including TROXLER’s First American Bank account. TROXLER misrepresented her authority when she deposited stolen checks into her First American Bank account thereby subjecting First American Bank to risk of civil liability and financial loss.

TROXLER faces a possible maximum sentence of thirty (30) years imprisonment, a fine of 1 million dollars and up to five (5) years of supervised release as to each Count of Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1344) charged in the Bill of Information. The defendant may also be required to forfeit up to 1.1 million dollars. Sentencing is set for March 2, 2011.

This case was investigated by members of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney James R. Mann.

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