Lake Charles woman pleads to bank fraud involving her employer

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A Lake Charles woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, said 47-year-old Kristen Brady pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of bank fraud.

Finley's office says Brady worked for a rental company as a bookkeeper for 12 years before she was fired in November 2013. It was later discovered that she had forged authorizing signatures on more than 200 checks to her benefit in the company's name, and in the process, received $255,324 of which she was not entitled.

Brady faces up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, restitution and a $1 million fine.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 30.

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