Jefferson County Woman Guilty of Bank Fraud

BEAUMONT, December 11, 2012 – A 38-year-old Beaumont woman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jeani Marie Smith Henges pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2012, to seven counts of bank fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorne. U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone signed an order today adopting the findings of fact and recommendation of Henges’ guilty plea.

According to information presented in court, in March 2011, April 2011, April 2010, May 2010, March 2010, February 2010, and November 2008, Henges devised a scheme to fraudulently obtained funds from the following federally insured financial institutions: Anahuac National Bank, Eastex Federal Credit Union (FCU), Community Bank, MidSouth Bank, Education First FCU, Mobile Oil FCU and Wachovia Bank. Henges executed the scheme by presenting one or more fraudulent checks for deposit. According to the seven-count Information, the intended losses amount to approximately $72,419, and the actual losses amount to approximately $32,445.

Henges faces up to 30 years in federal prison for each count of bank fraud. Henges may also be ordered to pay restitution. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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