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Nov. 4, 2009

WACHOVIA BANK EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF THREE COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Angela Harris, 27, a former Wachovia Bank employee, has been convicted of three counts of bank fraud, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Harris pleaded guilty today to counts one, two and four of a four-count indictment which was returned by a federal grand jury on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, before United States District Judge Keith Ellison.

Harris admitted that while employed as a bank teller at a S. Gessner branch of Wachovia Bank she defrauded the federally insured bank, as well as some of its customers, of approximately $17,931.75. She used her position to withdraw funds from customers’ accounts without authorization by forging and altering withdrawal and deposit slips.   

Judge Ellison has set sentencing for Jan. 26, 2010, at which time Harris faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine. Harris will remain free on bond pending sentencing.

The charges against Harris 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.

 

 

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