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Swanton woman charged with wire fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Swanton woman was charged with one count of wire fraud, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Cynthia M. Brinkman, 50, worked at Hank's Plumbing and Heating, Inc.. where she was authorized to write checks from the company's account. Between 2007 and 2015, Brinkman wrote and deposited checks totalling $180,000 to herself on the company's account that were not authorized, according to the information.             

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, and the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum. The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.       

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated September 24, 2015

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