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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chesterfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

RICHMOND, Va. – Pamela Minor-Chiles, 47, of Chesterfield, Virginia, pled guilty today to a criminal information charging her with bank fraud stemming from her misappropriation of approximately $200,000 from a medical practice.  She was indicted on June 21, 2016 on 27 counts of bank fraud. 

According to court documents, Minor-Chiles, the office manager of the Central Virginia OB/GYN Associates (CVOG), misappropriated approximately $200,000 from the practice from 2007 until 2012.  The scheme involved Minor-Chiles writing numerous 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.  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.  

Minor-Chiles faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.  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.

The guilty plea took place today before the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck.  The sentencing is set for November 29, 2016.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Douglas 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.

Financial Fraud
Updated August 22, 2016