Former Controller Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison For Defrauding George Town Club
Scheme Carried Out for Nearly Seven Years
WASHINGTON - Isabelle Garcia, 56, former controller for the George Town Club, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison on a federal charge of wire fraud stemming from a scheme in which she defrauded the establishment of more than $300,000.
The announcement was made by Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division.
Garcia pleaded guilty in July 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was sentenced by the Honorable John D. Bates. Following her prison term, she will be placed on three years of supervised release. She also is required to pay $300,422 in restitution and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment.
According to a statement of offense submitted to the Court at the time of her guilty plea, Garcia began work in 2006 as the controller for the George Town Club, a private dining club located in the District of Columbia. She was responsible for maintaining the club’s financial affairs and had a great deal of discretion. From December 2006 to September 2013, Garcia used her control over financial accounts to make payments to herself and to third parties for her personal benefit. Through her scheme, Garcia wrongfully obtained $300,442.
An investigation led to Garcia’s indictment in 2018 and her subsequent arrest.
In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips and Special Agent in Charge Jacobs commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also expressed appreciation for the work of Paralegal Specialist Stephanie Frijas. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Lallas and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Saler, who prosecuted the case.