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South Mississippi woman pleads guilty to bank, wire fraud

bank-vaultPICAYUNE — A Picayune woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a fraud scheme in New Orleans.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office says 50-year-old Kim Parish entered the plea yesterday to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud.

Prosecutors said Parish worked as an accountant for a New Orleans information technology services business, which she victimized in two schemes.

One involved issuing more than 200 checks to herself and to “petty cash” by forging the signature of the business’ owner. In the other, she improperly credited herself with bonus pay through the business’ payroll system. Prosecutors said she defrauded the business of more than $540,000.

She will be sentenced on Jan. 21.

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