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August 26, 2013

2 face sentencing to federal bank fraud charges

HATTIESBURG —

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two suspects in a federal bank fraud case face sentencing in November following their guilty pleas earlier this month.

Angela D. Bryant and Timothy Bryant both pleaded guilty to charges against them Aug. 15 and are set to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett on Nov. 7 in Hattiesburg.

Angela D. Bryant pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and another count of fraudulently using the identification of another.

Timothy Bryant pleaded guilty to the bank fraud count. Both were indicted on an additional count of embezzling government property, to which neither pleaded.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1c8Co1e ) all charges stem from alleged incidents in 2011.

The indictment's notice of intent to seek criminal forfeiture asks for a monetary judgment "including, but not limited to" $113,713.09.

The document states Angela D. Bryant was a bookkeeper for an unnamed property management company that manages 11 apartment complexes as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Program.

The program provides funding for low-income persons and the elderly.

The indictment accuses Angela D. Bryant of "systematically" forging signatures on checks from the USDA accounts of the management business, making them payable to Timothy Bryant.

Another woman was sentenced last year in a similar scheme from the same business following a guilty plea.

Cynthia Cooley pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Starrett sentenced Cooley to five years of supervised release following her prison term and $507,710 in restitution.

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