Manvel Woman Arrested for Bank Fraud
|Dec. 21, 2011|
HOUSTON – Shewanna Y. Thomas, 31, of Manvel, Texas, has been arrested following the return of an 11-count indictment charging her with bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Thomas was arrested at her residence by agents of the U.S. Secret Service yesterday afternoon without incident and is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith at 2:00 p.m. today.
According to the allegations in the indictment, Thomas defrauded Wells Fargo of nearly $97,000 between Aug. 30, 2010, and Nov. 1, 2010. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 30, 2010, she received a wire transfer of $48,000 originating from the deposit of a counterfeit check drawn on an account belonging to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into an account she established at Wells Fargo. On that day and on the following day, she allegedly withdrew most of those funds by making five over-the-counter cash withdrawals at five Wells Fargo banking locations in and around Houston.
The indictment further alleges that on Oct. 29, 2010, Thomas caused a fraudulently obtained check in the amount of $49,000 to be deposited into a Wells Fargo account belonging to a family member. Thomas allegedly obtained most of those funds by making six over-the-counter cash withdrawals at Wells Fargo banking locations in and near Houston over the following three days.
If convicted, Thomas faces a maximum 30 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million.
The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Corso will be prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.