For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana
Texas Woman Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding Baton Rouge Business
BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that CYNTHIA D. WINDHAM, age 49, currently of Henderson, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson to a term of imprisonment of thirty (30) months. WINDHAM was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $217,347.91 and serve a two-year term of supervised release following her release from federal prison.
WINDHAM previously pled guilty to bank fraud in connection with a multi-year scheme to defraud Strategic Case Management, LLC (“Strategic”), located in Baton Rouge, as well as two local banks. While working as the company’s office manager from 2007 through 2009, WINDHAM stole more than 120 checks made payable to her employer, fraudulently endorsed the checks, and gained control over the funds. WINDHAM also stole more than 60 checks that her employer had issued to various third parties, fraudulently altered the checks so that they would appear to be payable to herself, and deposited the checks into her own accounts. WINDHAM admitted that she obtained more than $200,000 through her fraudulent scheme.
U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. stated, “We hope this sentence sends a clear signal to those who would defraud small businesses in our community that they will be prosecuted and face substantial punishment for their crimes.”
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cam T. Le.
Updated December 15, 2014