NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Lawyer Duane A. Evans introduced that KATIE LAROCHE, age 54, a resident of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty as charged on July 27, 2022 to a a single-count bill of info charging her with wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

According to courtroom paperwork, LAROCHE developed, owned, and operated a company, Capital City Consulting Business, that purported to present financial management products and services.  Sufferer 1 was a shopper of LAROCHE’s, and LAROCHE was dependable for doing bookkeeping, accounting, and other monetary companies for Victim 1 and Sufferer 1’s firms.  LAROCHE experienced signatory authority and obtain to Victim 1’s bank accounts. 

From about February 2015 by means of March 2021, LAROCHE engaged in a plan to defraud Victim 1 and Target 1’s firms by withdrawing cash from Victim 1’s accounts under untrue pretenses and making use of the resources for her possess benefit.  Specially, LAROCHE falsely represented that the cash had been getting used to spend federal earnings taxes.  When Victim 1 questioned LAROCHE about the standing of Victim 1’s tax obligations, LAROCHE lied to Target 1 as a indicates of hiding her scheme.  LAROCHE also arranged for every month payments to pay out for an automobile insurance coverage coverage benefitting a person other than Target 1 to be immediately withdrawn from Sufferer 1’s account with out Target 1’s awareness or consent.  In complete, LAROCHE embezzled $233,363.53 from Target 1. 

LAROCHE faces up to twenty several years in prison, a good of up to $250,000, up to three a long time of supervised launch next any expression of imprisonment and a mandatory $100 unique evaluation charge. Choose Sarah S. Vance scheduled the sentencing listening to for Oct 19, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the do the job of the United States Mystery Company. Assistant United States Lawyers Nicholas D. Moses and Jordan Ginsberg are in charge of the prosecution.