March 6, 2009
LOCAL WOMAN CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD
(HOUSTON) - A one-count indictment charging Chantranell K. Davis, of Houston with bank fraud has been unsealed following her arrest Tuesday by federal and state investigating agents, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Davis, 23, was arrested at a southwest Houston apartment on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Following an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy on Wednesday, March 4, Davis was ordered released on a $30,000 bond and ordered to appear for arraignment on Monday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. Davis will also have a ankle monitor.
The indictment returned by a Houston grand jury under seal last week alleges that between September 2008 through December 2008, Davis defrauded the Westheimer branch of Bank of America, a federal insured bank, of $30,080. Davis, employed as a teller at the bank, is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud taking the funds entrusted to the care of Bank of America and then altering the bank’s records to conceal her actions.
If convicted of bank fraud, Davis faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
The charges against Davis 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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