Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Customer Funds

Published 8:30 am Thursday, October 14, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DEMETRIA MYERS SILVIO, age 32, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty on October 13, 2021 to Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

According to court documents, between December 3, 2018 and December 6, 2019, SILVIO forged approximately 66 checks that were drawn on IberiaBank accounts belonging to five customers.  SILVIO deposited the fraudulent checks into her own bank accounts with Chase Bank and Capital One.  Through this scheme, SILVIO embezzled approximately $63,059.82.

SILVIO faces a maximum term of twenty (20) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.00 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person.  In addition, SILVIO faces a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years after her release from prison and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.  The Honorable Wendy B. Vitter set sentencing for January 18, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria M. Carboni.