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April 13, 2011

HOUSTON WOMAN INDICTED FOR WIRE FRAUD, THEFT AND MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT

(HOUSTON) - Mary Kirby-Randle, aka Mary Ellis Randle, 63, of Houston, has been arrested and charged with wire fraud, theft of public funds and making a false statement, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Randle was arrested this morning by agents with the United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) - Office of Inspector General (OIG) without incident. She has made her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Francis Stacy and was releases on a $50,000 bond.  

The indictment, returned Tuesday, March 15, 2011, alleges that between August 1999 and July 2006, Randle received payments totaling $76,770.77 from the RRB intended for her aunt, who had died in July 1999. Randle, according to the indictment, did not inform the RRB of her aunt’s death and in June 2006 made a false statement by concealing the death of her aunt from a representative of the RRB.

Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000, while theft of public money carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000. Making a false statement carries a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the RRB-OIG and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Braddock.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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