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Jefferson Parish Woman Charged with Defrauding Local Business

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACY NICHELSON, age 42, a resident of Metairie was charged today in a Bill of Information with one count of bank fraud.

According to the Bill of Information, NICHELSON worked as an assistant of rental management for a New Orleans real estate business.  From June 2012 until July 2013, NICHELSON embezzled $16,418 from her employer.  NICHELSON issued approximately 13 unauthorized checks to herself and others by forging the signature of the business’s owner.

If convicted, NICHELSON faces up to thirty years imprisonment and up to a $1,000,000 fine as well as restitution for the money embezzled.

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

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 7, 2016

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