A tax preparer and former bookkeeper of a Hammond retailer has been charged with wire fraud after allegedly fleecing her employer out of more than $200,000, according to a bill of information filed in New Orleans federal court this week.
Between 1999 and 2014, Margaret LeBlanc worked at a company that sells heavy equipment, and she handled banking, inventory and customer financing, the document states.
She also operated her own tax service for the company, which was identified as “Company S.”
Beginning in 2009, LeBlanc “created a scheme” to claim the equipment company’s money as her own, the bill states.
She would instruct customers to fill out the payee line incorrectly or leave the item blank so she could deposit the checks into her own account.
Around August 2013, information about a fraudulent $21,400 check crossed state lines by wire, the bill states.
LeBlanc now faces a charge of wire fraud and has been ordered to forfeit all property gained through her alleged criminal behavior.