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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ontario, NY, Woman Re-Arrested On New Bank Fraud Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Cortney Vogt, 37, of Ontario, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Vogt, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud on April 27, 2017, was re-arrested today on new charges of bank fraud for defrauding her most recent employer, ID SignSystems. According to the complaint, Vogt forged checks and caused inflated payroll deposits to be made to her account. The defendant attempted to conceal the fraud by altering accounting records to show that these payments were to a frequent vendor of ID SignSystems. Vogt’s current scheme was discovered by her employer shortly after her April 27, 2017, plea to defrauding a prior employer. The full extent of her fraud has not yet been determined.

The defendant made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Marian W. Payson. She also appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa, who revoked her terms of release and ordered her detained pending further proceedings. Vogt’s next appearance is scheduled for June 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., before Magistrate Judge Payson.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated May 11, 2017