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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Metairie Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Local Business

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACY NICHELSON, age 42, of Metairie pled guilty today to one count of bank fraud.

According to court records, 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.

NICHELSON faces up to thirty years imprisonment and/or a fine of not more than $1,000,000, a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years, plus a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for December 15, 2016.

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 was in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated September 7, 2016