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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Chalmette Woman Charged with Stealing Over Two Million Dollars from Her Employer

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JENNIFER GUILLOT (GUILLOT), age 40, of Chalmette, Louisiana was charged on Monday, July 9, 2018 by a Bill of Information for Bank Larceny, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(b).

According to the Bill of Information, GUILLOTT began working at a local business, located in the Eastern District of Louisiana, in 1996 as a secretary/bookkeeper.  Sometime after she started working there GUILLOT and her husband began having financial difficulties.  GUILLOT, through three separate and distinct schemes stole money from the accounts of the victim in the custody of Hibernia National Bank, now Capital One Bank.  The accounts of Hibernia National Bank were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.), thus giving the federal jurisdiction.

GUILLOT defrauded the company by writing company checks to herself without the permission of the victim.  The loss to the victim through GUILLOT’s first scheme was $563,927.26.

GUILLOT stole money in a second scheme by writing company checks to her credit card companies for personal expenses without the company’s permission.  The loss to victim through this scheme was $866,077.10.

GUILLOT stole money in a third scheme by logging on to the victim company’s Automated Clearinghouse Account (ACH) electronically and without the victim company’s permission and paying personal credit bills.  The loss to the victim through this scheme was $640,668.85.

When bank statements would arrive in the mail, GUILLOT would “white out” any entities which showed she stole money.  She made copies of the altered statements.  She would shred the originals and cancelled checks.  GUILLOT would further conceal her schemes by falsely showing payments made to herself to appear as payments to vendors of the victim. 

The grand total of GUILLOT’s schemes is $2,070,673.21. 

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

If convicted, GUILLOT faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment, as well as restitution to the victim.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Postal Inspection Service.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Carter K. D. Guice, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney.

 

Updated July 11, 2018