Jefferson County woman sentenced for bank fraud

Jeanie Marie Smith Henges

A 38-year-old Beaumont woman has been sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Jeanie Marie Smith Henges pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2012 to seven counts of bank fraud and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison Sept. 5 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, in March 2011, April 2011, April 2010, May 2010, March 2010, February 2010, and November 2008, Henges devised a scheme to fraudulently obtained funds from the following federally insured financial institutions:  Anahuac National Bank, Eastex Federal Credit Union (FCU), Community Bank, MidSouth Bank, Education First FCU, Mobile Oil FCU and Wachovia Bank.  Henges executed the scheme by presenting one or more fraudulent checks for deposit.  According to the seven-count Information, the intended losses amount to approximately $72,419, and the actual losses amount to approximately $32,445.

Henges was also fined $4,000.  A hearing has been set for Sep. 21, 2013 to determine restitution.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.