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Electronic transfers get woman 17 months!

amoney “The facts we see depend on where we are placed, and the habits of our eyes.”  Walter Lippmann

     In several posts you have read  about wire fraud. I have been asked, “What is wire fraud exactly?” The answer according to the U.S.C. 1343 code– it is when the use of an interstate telephone call or electronic communication (transmission) made in furtherance of the scheme/crime. This crime usually involves the illegal use of credit cards, bank transfers, and other electronic transfers like those I posted about the the Western Union and Money Gram crimes. As you can imagine this is a very easy crime to prosecute because the evident speaks for it self.

Today’s  Crime Divas, Tara S. Babin, 38, of Denham Springs, LA, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and was sentenced to 17 months in a federal prison.  If you are paying attention you probably noticed that all the wire fraud cases have been prosecuted by the federal government.  Do you know why?  Leave an answer in the comment section and let’s see how knowledgeable you guys are.

Between March 2009 and April 2011, Ms. Babin, embezzled funds from her employer, a doctor.  Ms. Babin was in a position of trust as the office manager, and had access to her employer’s merchant account and electronic payment machine.  According to the records she  used the office electronic payment machine to transmit credit/refund requests to her employer’s electronic payment contractor. Once the electronic payment contractor received the fraudulent credit/refund requests, it would wire funds from her employer’s merchant account into bank and credit card accounts belonging to Babin. Through this scheme, Babin unlawfully obtained $113,718.92 in funds belonging to her employer.  How could you not get caught?

Also, notice that a pled deal was made for  a guilty plea of one count of wire fraud, when in reality she could have been charged for each individual transfer.

Again, I want to reinforce the total lost not only to the doctor, but what this woman has blindly set herself up for: Lost of freedom, criminal record, lost of reputation,lost of friends, lost of right to apply for certain licenses, lost of ability to apply for certain jobs and much more.  All of that for $113,718.92, it is not worth it whether its one dollar or a billion dollars – stay honest and deal with whatever issues you have without committing a crime.

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