Four co-conspirators charged with bank fraud
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
HOUSTON – The final of four charged in connection with the theft of $200,000 from a bank in Houston and allegedly transferred to New York has turned herself in to authorities, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
Janem Gibbs, 50, Missouri City, is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew M. Edison at 2 p.m. today.
Arrested Friday, Feb. 24, were Munson P. Hunter III aka Paul Hunter, 48, Rosedale, New York, Gregory Thurman, 52, Richmond, and Travis Deon Wright, 51, Missouri City.
Hunter was arrested in New York where he made his appearance, while Thurman and Wright appeared in Houston.
Hunter, Thurman, Wright and Gibbs are charged with the theft of $200,000. The charges allege Gibbs was a former assistant branch manager at Capital One N.A. in Houston. She allegedly wire transferred money from a customer’s account at Capital One without his knowledge to an account at a New York City bank.
Hunter, Thurman and Wright were also charged with wire fraud for moving the stolen money through a series of other accounts at banks in New York, Virginia and Texas. The accounts were opened using fictitious names, according to the charges.
All four are charged with bank fraud. All but Gibbs are also charged with two counts of wire fraud. If convicted, each faces up to 30 years in prison and a possible $1 million maximum fine on each count.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Lewis 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.
Updated March 1, 2023