Charged With Conspiring To Defraud Philadelphia Sheriff's Office
PHILADELPHIA - An information was filed today against Jesseca Batton, 32, of Philadelphia, charging her with conspiring to defraud the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
According to the information, Batton agreed to receive checks fraudulently made payable to her and written on the bank accounts of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. Batton cashed or deposited these checks and withdrew the proceeds. Batton shared the proceeds of the checks with her co-conspirator, Richard Bell, charged elsewhere. The information alleges that between 2009 and 2010, Batton received approximately five of these fraudulent checks, totaling approximately $29,623.48.
If convicted, Batton faces an advisory sentencing guideline range of approximately 4 to 10 months in prison.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Philadelphia Office of Inspector General. The City of Philadelphia Office of the Controller also assisted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah L. Grieb, Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Diviny, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Meriah Russell.
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