Jun 26, 2013 9:33 AM by AP

USDA employee pleads in loan fraud to hide theft

MONROE, La. (AP) - A 51-year-old Winnsboro woman accused of lying on loan applications to get money to hide the theft of $640,000 from a federally funded non-profit has pleaded guilty in the case.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Donna Jean Remides decided to plead guilty to making a false statement to a bank instead of continuing with a trial that started Monday.

Remides worked as a project coordinator by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resource Conservation Service to work for the Northeast Delta Resource Conservation and Development Council in Winnsboro. From January 2001 to December 2010, Remides used her employer's accounts to pay herself thousands without authorization.

Remides faces 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and five years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for Oct. 7.


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