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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Maryland Woman Sentenced for Stealing $437,000 from Employer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jennifer Xanten, 51, of Frederick, Maryland, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for mail fraud relating to her stealing more than 550 checks totaling approximately $437,000 out of her employer’s incoming mail. Xanten was also ordered to pay $437,016.01 in restitution.

Xanten pleaded guilty on Oct. 14, 2015.  According to court documents, Xanten, an employee of a rehabilitation center in Rockville, Maryland, admitted to stealing the checks out of the center’s incoming mail from February 2014 to July 2015.  To effectuate her scheme, Xanten, who was responsible for mailing out the companies’ invoices, would send out invoices to collect payment for services the center performed. One such company who received invoices was located in Chantilly. She would then intercept the incoming check payments and deposit the checks into her personal account without authorization.  Xanten, who was responsible for inputting entries into the bookkeeping records, falsified entries related to the stolen checks in order to conceal her scheme.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamar K. Walker 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. 1:15cr286.

Topic: 
Financial Fraud
Updated January 28, 2016