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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Chesterfield Woman Indicted on Fraud Charges

RICHMOND, Va. – Pamela Minor-Chiles, 47, of Chesterfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 21 on 27 counts of bank fraud.  The indictment was unsealed today.

According to the indictment, Minor-Chiles, the office manager of the Central Virginia OB/GYN Associates (CVOG), misappropriated approximately $210,000 from the practice from 2007 until 2012.  The scheme involved Minor-Chiles writing approximately 133 checks on the CVOG operating account at SunTrust Bank and fraudulently depositing them into her personal accounts at the Bank of America from 2007 to 2012.  The indictment also alleges that Minor-Chiles concealed the misappropriations by (1) putting fraudulent entries on the check stubs to make it appear that the misappropriated checks were written to outside vendors for legitimate expenses of the practice, and (2) then submitting the fraudulent check stubs to the outside accountants.

On each count of bank fraud, Minor-Chiles faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Minor-Chiles had her initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Roderick Young, who released her on bond.  Minor-Chiles will have her arraignment before the Honorable Hannah Lauck on July 8.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Douglas F. Mease, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after the return of the indictment.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David T. Maguire is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:16-CR-083.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Topic(s): 
StopFraud
Updated July 5, 2016