This week, Acting United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that a New Orleans, Louisiana attorney had been charged in a Bill of Information for bank theft. According to the Bill of Information, 50-year-old Hilliard Fazande III opened a bank account at the Whitney branch of a bank in New Orleans. The bank branch is located at 3001 Holiday Drive. On October 30, 2015, the defendant is accused of endorsing and depositing a TD bank cashier’s check for $387,000.
The check was made payable to Attorney Hilliard C. Fazande III. Then, Fazande is accused of going to the Whitney branch at 8300 Louisiana Highway 23 in Belle Chasse and presenting the teller with a temporary check for $5,000, despite knowing there were insufficient funds to cover the transactions due to the bank hold on the earlier check.
On the same day, Fazande attempted to withdraw $5,000 in cash from the Louisiana Highway branch. On November 4, 2015, a bank employee contacted Fazande and informed him that the $387,000 check was counterfeit. He was also told that he would need to return the $5,000 he previously withdrew. Fazande is accused of never returning the money to the Whitney bank.
If Fazande is convicted, he will face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and three years of supervised release. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Additional details can be found here.