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Antonela Ceabuca, age 38, of Strongsville, Ohio, was sentenced to more than two years in prison for wire fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2012

 

Antonela Ceabuca, age 38, of Strongsville, Ohio, was recently sentenced to 27 months in prison following Ceabuca’s recent conviction for wire fraud, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells also ordred Ceabuca to pay restitution in the amount of $261,093.21 to the Western Reserve Center for Orofacial and Cosmetic Surgery.

On January 20, 2012, a one-count Information was filed charging Antonela Ceabuca with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud her employer, the Western Reserve Center for Orofacial and Cosmetic Surgery, of approximately $261,093.21. On February 2, 2012, Ceabuca entered a guilty plea to the offense.

The information charged that between May 2010, and September 30, 2011, Ceabuca, then employed in the billing / accounts department of the Western Reserve Center for Orofacial and Cosmetic Surgery, stole insurance and other reimbursement checks that were payable to Western Reserve Center, and deposited the stolen checks into a bank account at Charter One Bank which she had fraudulently opened in the name “Western Reserve Center.” After depositing the stolen checks into the fraudulent account, Ceabuca withdrew funds from the fraudulent account by ATM transactions, debit card charges and by transferring funds from the fraudulent account to other Charter One Bank accounts maintained in her name and in the name of family members.

The information charged that in accessing Charter One Bank’s on-line, Internet banking system to check the status of the fraudulent account and to transfer funds between accounts, Ceabuca sent and caused to be sent various interstate wire communications between Ohio and Rhode Island, where the bank’s computer servers were located.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Kern, Cybercrimes Coordinator at the Cleveland U.S. Attorney’s Office, following an investigation by the Cleveland Office of the United States Secret Service and the Middleburg Heights Police Department.

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