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Laplace Woman Pleads Guilty because of Wire Fraud

Jean-Baptiste Dickens

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – On August 26, Arlene Tranchina of Laplace, La. has been pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, per U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Tranchina pleaded her fault in front of United States District Court Judge Wendy B. Vitter in the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday, August 25.

Tranchina, 55, was previously having a criminal record that was charged by U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser on November 6, 2020. In the previous charge, Tranchina was accused of bank fraud. According to the court records, it was implied that she was employed as the office manager for a company in Reserve, La.

From 2017 to October 2019, she has been robbing around $234,000 from her employer by making over 90 checks for company expenses. Most reviews are payable to herself or turned into cash. In addition, Tranchina is also using a company credit card without authorization for purchases, which totaled over $70,000.

Tranchina will be sentenced in court on November 16. During the sentence, she will face a lot of penalties. If proven guilty by the court, Tranchina will need to serve up to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $250,000. She also needs to pay twice the gross gain of the defendant or gross loss to the victim while also needs to serve three years of supervised release.

This matter is investigated by the United States Secret service, assisted by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, which received praise from U.S. Attorney Evans. The prosecution itself is in charge of Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera.

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