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Bolivar Woman accused of bank fraud

March 26, 2010

A criminal information was filed charging Patricia McClelland, age 45, of Bolivar, Ohio, with one count of bank fraud, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The information charges that between on or about December 27, 2007, and on or about February 22, 2010, while employed as a teller by Charter One Bank branch located at 417 South Broadway, New Philadelphia, Ohio, McClelland knowingly executed a scheme and artifice to defraud Charter One Bank and to obtain money and funds owned by or under the bank’s custody by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations.

The information charges that between December 2007 and February 2010, McClelland embezzled, stole and converted to her own use, approximately $73,146.15 from accounts maintained by the Relief Association of Employees of Canton Drop Forge and Charter One Bank by initiating fraudulent wire transfers of funds, initiating fraudulent ACH transfers of funds and by fraudulently issuing checks drawn on the Employee Relief Fund account.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert W. Kern and Kelly L. Galvin of the Cleveland U.S. Attorney’s Office, following an investigation by the Cleveland Office of the United States Secret Service.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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