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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jefferson Parish Woman Sentenced for Bank Fraud

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACY NICHELSON, age 43, a resident of Metairie, was sentenced today for defrauding a local business.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced NICHELSON to 12 months plus 1-day incarceration to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Additionally, NICHELSON was ordered to pay $16,418 in restitution to the banks she defrauded.

According to court documents, 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.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office who assisted with the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans was in charge of the prosecution.

Financial Fraud
Updated December 15, 2016