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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 10, 2021

Bank Teller Charged with Federal Fraud Charges

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that on August 27, 2021 a Bill of Information charging DEMETRIA MYERS SILVIO, age 32, of New Orleans, Louisiana, with Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.  If convicted, SILVIO faces a maximum term of twenty (20) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.00 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person of the offense.  In addition, SILVIO faces a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years after her release from prison and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. 

According to the Bill of Information, between November 2017 and February 2020, SILVIO held the positions of head teller, universal banker, and mortgage loan assistant at IberiaBank (“Iberia”) in New Orleans and Metairie.  From December 3, 2018 to December 6, 2019, SILVIO embezzled approximately $63,059.82 from five customers’ Iberia accounts by forging approximately 66 counter checks.  SILVIO deposited the fraudulent checks into her own bank accounts with Chase Bank and Capital One.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Carboni.

Updated September 10, 2021