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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 26, 2019

Bookkeeper Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling $390,000

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk woman was sentenced today to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay over $390,000 in restitution for embezzling that amount from the company for whom she provided bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services.

According to court documents, Nakai Koyenhan, 46, who pleaded guilty to forging the securities of an organization in November 2018, was employed by Church Point Manor, LLC to provide bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services. Koyenhan stole more than $327,000 from the company by forging over 300 checks over a period of approximately three and a half years. She also made fraudulent wire transfers from the company bank account to her personal bank account and to her personal credit card, totaling an additional $63,000. In total, Koyenhan stole more than $390,000 from Church Point Manor, which operated a well-known bed and breakfast/restaurant that was forced to close as a result of the embezzlement.

To conceal her actions, Koyenhan, on an ongoing basis, made false entries in the accounting ledger she maintained for Church Point Manor. She would, for example, change the names of the payees and amounts on the forged checks she had written in order to make it appear that they were payments for legitimate business expenses. Koyenhan used the money she stole for her own personal benefit. She spent the money, among other things, to make car loan payments and rent payments, to purchase a wedding ring and wedding supplies, and to travel to various destinations, including Nigeria.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan M. Salsbury prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-162.

Topic(s): 
Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated July 26, 2019