A Marysville IN woman was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on a charge that related to her using her employer’s credit card to run up more than $100,000 in personal items.
Jennifer Jekel, who is 27, was an accounts payable clerk with Hornblower Marine Services in Marysville. She is accused of having First Third Bank issue her a credit card in her name that was linked to her employer’s credit account.
US Attorney Joseph Hogsett appeared in New Albany this week to update the media on the status of federal charges cases. Jekel is going to appear before a federal judge today.
It was alleged by the prosecutor that Jekel told the bank to boost the credit limit on the existing credit account. Then the defendant is thought to have used to credit cards to purchase items worth over $100,000.
Hogsett stated that questions about the defendant’s integrity first were raised when she stated that she was going to come back late from a business trip because of a delayed flight. The company found out that the flight was not late. New Albany IN police were contacted, and this led to an investigation by the US Secret Service.
The federal attorney stated that Jekel was a very trusted employee and they did not think she would use her position to abuse the credit accounts.
Court documents stated that she opened an account on June 17, 2011 and boosted the credit limit to $50,000. It also is alleged that she increased the limit on an existing credit card to $20,000. She also is thought to have opened another credit card and increased the limit to $25,000. She also was arrested recently for stealing over $4000 from a landscaping and lawn service company.
After a grand jury convening last week in Evansville, Jekel was indicted on access device fraud and 4 wire fraud counts.
This is a very serious charge that deals with amounts over $100,000. Hogsett stated that she surrendered to police last week, but it was not clear which law enforcement agency had taken her into custody.
Hogsett stated that if she is found guilty, she could be ordered to pay all of the money back, plus fines. He stated that she still has most of her working life in front of her, so she could be paying restitution for life.
In this case, as in many cases of financial fraud, the money has been spent, so there is no way for the person to pay it back other than to pay if off for life from wages.
However, in theory Jekel could be convicted and sentenced to up to 100 years.