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Feb. 6, 2009

HOUSTON DUO INDICTED FOR FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - A Houston grand jury returned an indictment against Leslie Lang (also known as Leslie Lang-Reynolds) and Donya Davis, both of Houston, for conspiracy and wire fraud, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Lang, 37, surrendered herself to the United States Secret Service this morning. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley this afternoon and was released on bond. An arrest warrant remains outstanding for Davis, 37, who is still at large.

Lang and Davis are accused in a four-count indictment of altering invoices Lang obtained from her job at El Paso Corporation and submitting fraudulent altered invoices totaling $166,580 to El Paso Corporation with directions that payment be made via wire transfer to a fraudulent bank account opened by a Davis. The indictment was returned Feb. 5, 2009.

The charges against Lang and Davis are the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service, whose investigative responsibilities include crimes involving financial institution fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it relates to the agency’s core violations. 

If anyone has any information regarding Davis, please contact the U.S. Secret Service in Houston at 713-868-2299.

If convicted of the charges, Lang and Davis face a sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for each charge.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Belinda Beek.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

 

 

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