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March 3, 2009


(McALLEN, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Alan Gomez, of McAllen, for bank fraud and embezzlement, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Gomez was arrested by federal agents in McAllen today and will make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

The two-count indictment, returned under seal Feb. 24, 2009, and unsealed today following his arrest, accuses Gomez of executing a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars from his employer, First National Bank. Specifically, over a two-month period, Gomez allegedly generated fraudulent cash-out tickets to take large sums of cash from a teller cash drawer. Gomez later deleted the cash-out tickets from the bank’s computer system in an attempt to conceal his activities from the bank’s auditors.

If convicted of either or both counts, Gomez, 22, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and a five-year term of supervised release as well as mandatory restitution.

The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by special agents of the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory S. Saikin 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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