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Feb. 23, 2011

FORMER BOOKKEEPER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BANK FRAUD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) – The former bookkeeper for a local petroleum interest, Constance Bexley Iwanski, has been sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, Senior United States District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Iwanski to 27 months in federal prison without parole to be followed by three years of supervised release and further ordered the former bookkeeper to pay $659,000 in restitution to victims.   

At a previous hearing, Iwanski admitted she embezzled $659,000 from her employer between Dec. 31, 2002 and Dec.18, 2008.  Iwanski began working for a group of petroleum companies as a bookkeeper in 1980. When the group restructured following the death of its founder in 1994, Iwanski became the only employee charged with keeping track of the accounts, transferring funds from the working accounts to the investment accounts, and preparing checks to cover expenses. Iwanski pleaded guilty to bank fraud acknowledging that on more than one hundred occasions she made out checks to herself without authorization, forged the signatures, and deposited the fraudulent checks into a Wells Fargo bank account she controlled. Depositing the forged checks exposed the financial institution to a risk of civil liability or financial loss.  

The case was investigated by agents from the United States Secret Service and Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. prosecuted the case.   

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