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Western District of Virginia

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Staunton Woman Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

Kirsten Flynn Hawkins Admits To Stealing Money From Investors

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – A Staunton, Virginia woman, who worked as a financial advisor for a Staunton-based branch of a national bank chain, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to wire fraud charges.

Kirsten Flynn Hawkins, 45, of Staunton, Va., waived her right to be indicted and pled guilty to a three count Information charging her with three separate counts of wire fraud. Hawkins will be sentenced on May 5, 2015 and faces a maximum possible penalty of up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each of the three charges for which she was convicted. In addition, Hawkins’ plea agreement calls for restitution to be made to her victims in an amount of approximately $500,000.

“Through a series of lies and deceitful measures, Ms. Hawkins betrayed the trust of those who gave her control of their finances,” Acting United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno said today. “I only hope the restitution to be ordered by the court in this matter can restore to the victim the money which was stolen.”

According to evidence presented at today’s guilty plea hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Bubar, Hawkins worked as a financial advisor for “Bank One.” During that time, between August 2011 and August 2014, the defendant devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money though false representations and promises.

Evidence showed that it was the purpose of the scheme for Hawkins to take control of “Victim One’s” various bank and investment accounts, which were located in “Bank One.” At various times between 2011 and 2014 and on the three separate occasions charged, Hawkins caused money to be transferred from the accounts of Victim One to her personal banking accounts. The funds were used to pay various living expenses, utilities, rent, travel, jewelry, clothing, eating out and to provide other economic benefit for herself and her family.

The investigation of the case was conducted by United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Bubar is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 15, 2015