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lAKE CHARLES WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2013

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Carol A. Thrasher, 60, of Lake Charles, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to wire fraud.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Thrasher admitted that from January 2007 to April 2012, while working as a manager for a Westlake, La., company, she stole $551,357.  She had access to her company’s Midsouth Bank account and used funds from it to pay the balance of a personal Capital One credit card numerous times over the five-year period. The credit card payments Thrasher made ranged from a few hundred dollars to more than $8,000. She reportedly used the Capital One card to pay for the majority of her living expenses, and she also stated that she spent the money on gambling, shopping, dining and vacations.

Thrasher faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and restitution for the wire fraud count.  A sentencing date was not set.

The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie is prosecuting the case.


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