Chalmette woman charged with stealing over $2 million from employer

Chalmette woman charged with stealing over $2 million from employer
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CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - A Chalmette woman has been charged with stealing over $2 million from here employer.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans said Jennifer Guillott, 40, was charged on Monday by a bill of information for bank larceny.

According to the bill of information, Guillott began working at a business in the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1996 as a secretary and bookkeeper.

According to the report, sometime after she started working there she and her husband began having financial difficulties.

Guillot, through three separate and distinct schemes, stole money from the accounts of the victim in the custody of Hibernia National Bank, now Capital One Bank, according to the D.A.

The bill of information states that the accounts of Hibernia National Bank were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.), thus giving the federal jurisdiction.

Guillot defrauded the company by writing company checks to herself without the permission of the victim, according to the report.

The loss to the victim through Guillot's first scheme was $563,927.26.

Guillot stole money in a second scheme by writing company checks to her credit card companies for personal expenses without the company's permission.

The loss to the victim through this scheme was $866,077.10, according to the report.

Guillot stole money in a third scheme by logging on to the victim company's Automated Clearinghouse Account (ACH) electronically and without the company's permission and paying personal credit bills.

The loss to the victim through this scheme was $640,668.85, according to the bill of information.

When bank statements would arrive in the mail, Guillot would "white out" any entities which showed she stole money.

She also made copies of the altered statements, according to the report.

Guillot would shred the originals and canceled checks.  She would further conceal her schemes by falsely showing payments made to herself to appear as payments to vendors of the victim, according to the bill of information.

According to the Evans, grand total of Guillot's schemes was $2,070,673.21.

Evans reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, Guillot faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment, as well as restitution to the victim.

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