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Buxton Woman Who Stole from Employer for 7+ Years Sentenced for Wire Fraud, Filing a False Tax Return

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine
Christine Bangs spent more than $176K on entertainment, tickets & dining alone

PORTLAND, Maine:  A Buxton woman was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland for two counts of wire fraud and one count of making and subscribing a false tax return.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Christine Bangs, 64, to a year plus a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Bangs was also ordered to pay $536,352.33 in restitution to her victim and $70,323 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for taxes on the income derived from the fraud that she failed to report. She was also ordered to forfeit any property, real or personal, which was derived from the proceeds of her crime, including $105,009.53 seized from a bank account in her name.

According to court records, from March 2014 until June 2021, Bangs used her professional position as operations manager and access to her employer’s credit card, bank accounts and payroll for her own personal gain. Bangs used the corporate credit card to make approximately $197,936 in personal purchases, including $12,414.96 for tickets to a New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys game, and stole an additional $255,645 from the victim by making approximately 213 wire transfers over the 7+ years. Of the money Bangs stole, she spent more than $176,000 on entertainment, tickets & dining. The U.S. Attorney’s Office does not identify victims of crime and is therefore not identifying Bangs’ former employer. Bangs omitted $183,386 in income when filing a personal tax return in 2020.

The FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case.



Nicholas Scott, Assistant United States Attorney (207-780-3257)

Updated June 18, 2024

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