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July 1, 2009

HOUSTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING EMPLOYER BANK OF $30,000

(HOUSTON) – Chantranell K. Davis, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud for her role in a scheme to defraud Bank of America, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Davis, 24, of Houston, was employed as a teller at the Bank of America Branch located at 10100 block of Westheimer Rd in Houston in 2008. Today, before United States District Court Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, the United States presented evidence which proved that over the course of a three month period beginning in September 2008, Davis unlawfully took money from her cash drawer for her own personal use. She entered false and inflated dollar amounts at the closing of each business day into the end of day teller log system with the purpose of concealing the money she took from her cash drawer, falsely showing her cash drawer was balanced at the closing of each business day. Through this scheme Davis defrauded the bank of $30,080.

Judge Hoyt accepted Davis’ guilty plea and set sentencing for Sept. 28, 2009. A conviction for bank fraud carries a maximum punishment of up to 30 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both as well as a maximum five-year-term of supervised release. Davis remains on bond pending her sentencing hearing.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Houston Area Fraud Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Justo A. Mendez is prosecuting the case.

 

 

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