June 30, 2009
TWO HOUSTON WOMEN CHARGED IN BANK FRAUD CASE
(HOUSTON) – Brittany M. Brown, 21, and Cecilia Oregon, 24, of Houston, have both been indicted with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud, United States Attorney for the Southern District Tim Johnson announced today.
Both women were arrested on Saturday, June 27, 2008. After making an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley on Monday, June 29, 2009, each has been ordered released on bond pending trial.
The indictment alleges that between March 2009 through April 2009, Brown and Oregon defrauded the Westheimer branch of Capital One Bank, a federally-insured bank. Brown and Oregon were both employed as bank tellers and are accused of fraudulently using their positions to cash checks issued from Brown’s overdrawn checking account. Brown and Oregon are charged with entering incorrect banking procedure codes into the bank’s computer system to bypass Capital One Bank’s internal control protocols and concealing the unauthorized transactions from the branch manager. Through this scheme to defraud, Brown and Oregon unlawfully took funds from Capital One Bank totaling approximately $14,862.58.
If convicted of bank fraud, Brown and Oregon face up to 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
The charges against Brown and Oregon are the result of an investigation 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.
An Indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
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