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Press Release

Former Financial Assistant of Architectural Firm Sentenced for Forgery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Katherine Albert-McNaughton, 37, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for forging securities and engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property. She was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $470,352.39.

Albert-McNaughton pleaded guilty on May 12, 2015. According to court documents, Albert-McNaughton was employed as a financial assistant by HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc., a business located in Virginia Beach.  Between October 2011 and June 2014, Albert-McNaughton forged the signature of a principal of HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc. on 83 company checks, totaling $469,831.89.  She deposited all of the forged checks into bank accounts that she maintained and used the money for her own personal benefit, including vacations, shopping, plane tickets, photography, and the purchase of vehicles, concert and professional football tickets.

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 sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright-Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan M. Salsbury prosecuted 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. 2:15cr31.


Updated November 6, 2015

Financial Fraud