Jackson, Miss -Lindsay Welch, age 33, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a former bookkeeper at Copiah Bank in Hazlehurst, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on one count of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. McMullen announced. If convicted, Welch faces up to 30 years in prison on the charges.
According to the indictment, Welch utilized her position as bookkeeper from April 2008 through November 2009 to manipulate the bank’s computer system in order to increase her home equity line of credit from $15,000.00 to $350,000.00 without obtaining permission or consent. She then proceeded to withdraw in excess of $250,000.00 from that line of credit into her personal accounts, and utilized that money to purchase, among other things, four different automobiles for herself and her family.
In announcing the indictment, U.S. Attorney Burkhalter and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen praised the efforts of special agents from the FBI Office in Jackson, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, who is prosecuting the case.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.