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BEAUMONT, TX  --- United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 33-year-old Baytown woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for forgery in the Eastern District of Texas.

CHARITY DAWN GONZALES was sentenced today for forging checks of a business operating in interstate commerce by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.  Gonzales was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $235,543.00.

            According to information presented in court, Gonzales embezzled approximately $230,000.00 in funds from her past employer, BBB Tank Services, Inc.  BBB Tank Services has a primary office in Beaumont and conducts business in the Eastern District of Texas.  Gonzales was indicted on October 5, 2006 and pleaded guilty on January 30, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Rawls.