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Eastern Panhandle woman admits to bank fraud

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Ana Amesquita, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, has admitted to bank fraud, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Amesquita, 26, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Bank Fraud.” Amesquita was the head teller at the Inwood branch of City National Bank. In June 2019, Amesquita began a scheme to process ATM deposits without the supervision of a second bank employee, violating the bank’s policy. She would then take some of the cash for her own personal use and misrepresent the facts in the general ledger.

As a part of the plea agreement, Amesquita agreed to pay $144,661 in restitution to the bank.

Amesquita faces up to 30 years of incarceration and fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Secret Service investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated February 28, 2022

Financial Fraud