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Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced for Wire Fraud

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Loretta L. Janssen, 58, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher to 12 months’ and one day imprisonment for wire fraud.  After Janssen’s release from prison, she will begin a three-year term of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system. Janssen was also ordered to pay restitution of $200,963.11.   

During 2015 to 2021, Janssen paid her personal credit card using funds drawn from a business bank account of her former employer, for whom she had worked as a bookkeeper.  The former employer did not authorize any of the payments.  Each month from June 2015 to July 2021, Janssen initiated the payment of her personal credit card, using her online account, and selected the former employer’s bank account as the source for the payments.  The cumulative total was $200,963.11. 

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.


Michael Norris - Criminal Chief  (402) 661-3700

Updated January 13, 2023

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