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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Westwego Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Bank Fraud

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CYNTHIA HEFLER, age 67, of Westwego, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

According to court documents, HEFLER, worked as the office manager for A & H Armature Works, Inc.  In her capacity as office manager, HEFLER handled the company’s accounts receivable and embezzled from the company business bank accounts at First American Bank.  HEFLER conspired with another to steal A & H Armature Works, Inc. funds in order to help pay off her credit card debt accrued through gambling.

HEFLER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000 and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment for each count. U.S. District Judge Kurt K. Engelhardt set sentencing for April 1, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work for the United States Secret Service, New Orleans Field Division for investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Loan AMimi@ Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 2, 2015