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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JUNE 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER KC WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY

TO COMPUTER FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Kansas City, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to computer fraud.


            Erica R. Smith, 27, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to the charge contained in a Dec. 2, 2008, federal indictment.


            Smith was employed by Citigroup as a customer service representative in August 2004. By pleading guilty today, Smith admitted that she accessed customer accounts without authorization and made wire transfers from those customers’ accounts to pay her personal debts. Smith embezzled a total of $19,600 from June 2 to July 31, 2006.


            Under federal statutes, Smith is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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