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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Former bank employee arrested in embezzlement scam involving over $40,000

HOUSTON – A 38-year-old Houston woman has been taken into custody on allegations of embezzling thousands from her previous employer, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Claudia Wells Sept. 17, charging her with embezzlement from a federally-insured credit union. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina Bryan at 2 p.m. today.  

According to the indictment, from May 28, 2019 to June 6, 2019, Wells embezzled approximately $43,000 from an account at the credit union while she was employed there. 

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Belinda Beek is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated September 24, 2020