Tarentum Woman Charged with Bank Fraud
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Tarentum, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of bank fraud United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned on June 25, named Suzanne Czwalga Andre, 47, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from July 2010 to November 2010, Andre negotiated fraudulent checks at various branches of Citizens Bank that she knew would not be honored by the banks on whose accounts the checks were drawn.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Postal Inspectors and the United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.