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Aug. 10, 2010

FORMER EL PASO CORPORATION EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – A former employee of El Paso Corporation has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to submit more than $166,580 in altered and fraudulent invoices to her employer, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Leslie Lang, 39, of Houston, who was convicted of the conspiracy charge after pleading guilty, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Nancy F. Atlas to 24 months in federal prison to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.  In addition, Lang has been ordered to pay restitution to her former employer in the amount of $53,307. The balance of the stolen money was recovered after the government froze a bank account containing the funds.   

The investigation leading to the charge against Lang was by the United States Secret Service. While most people associate the Secret Service with presidential protection, the Secret Service’s investigative responsibilities include crimes involving financial institution fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it relates to the agency’s core violations. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Belinda Beek and Jimmy Sledge.

 

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