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Date: 12-29-2022

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United States of America v. Barbara Chalmers

Case Number: 4:22-cr-00286

Judge: Amos L. Mazzant, III

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Grayson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Sherman, Texas criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with embezzlement.

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Barbara Chalmers, 74, of Lewisville, admitted that starting in at least 2012, she abused her position as bookkeeper for the family’s companies and her signatory authority over the companies’ bank accounts to fraudulently write herself at least 175 checks, which she deposited into her personal accounts. In order to conceal her fraudulent conduct, she provided false paperwork to tax preparers misstating the year-end cash-on-hand numbers for the various accounts from which she was embezzling. She used more than $25 million of the stolen money to fund a construction business for which she was the president.

Chalmers pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston for the Eastern District of Texas, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division, and Acting Special Agent in Charge James J. Dwyer of the FBI Dallas Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI is investigating the case.

Trial Attorneys Vasanth Sridharan and Lucy Jennings of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.

Engaging in a Monetary Transaction in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity.

Outcome: 12/29/2022 6  NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Terri Moore appearing for Barbara Chalmers (rpc, ) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 7  NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Terri Moore. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number TXEDC- 600062875. (saenz, ) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 8  Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak: Plea Agreement Hearing and Initial Appearance as to Barbara Chalmers held on 12/29/2022. Plea entered by Barbara Chalmers (1) Guilty Count 1 of the Information. Attorney Appearances: AUSA - Jay Combs; Defense - Terri Moore. No exhibits. (Time in court from 10:53am - 11:22am) Dft Location: Release/Bond. (Court Reporter Digital Recording.) (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 9  WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Barbara Chalmers (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 10  WAIVER OF VENUE by Barbara Chalmers (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 11  CONSENT to Administration of Guilty Plea and Fed.R.Crim.P.11 Allocution by U.S. Magistrate Judge by Barbara Chalmers (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 12  SEALED PLEA AGREEMENT as to Barbara Chalmers (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 14  Factual Basis by USA as to Barbara Chalmers. (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)
12/29/2022 15  E-GOV SEALED ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Barbara Chalmers (1) PR. Signed by Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak on 12/29/2022. (mmc) (Entered: 12/29/2022)

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