‘We are in need of the help’: Florida woman charged with bank fraud

Posted September 29, 2018 07:48:23 A Florida woman was arrested Monday on charges that she stole more than $1.5 million from her bank and sold it on the black market, authorities said.

Christina J. Kaczmarczyk, 40, of Palm Beach Gardens, was charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud.

A $2.7 million lien on her house was also taken, according to a statement from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began in January 2018 when Kaczeluczyk was charged in connection with her alleged role in the lien, the statement said.

Kacszmarcszmarsz was arrested at her Florida home and booked into the Palm Bay County Jail.

Authorities said she was free on bond.

Koczmarca’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Broward County Sheriff and the Palm Beachers Police Department have opened an investigation into the matter.

Kacańs attorney did in a statement to CNN.

“It is clear that Ms. Kocczmarzyk stole from her own bank account, which she has since put into a trust account, to pay for personal expenses, to cover expenses incurred while working as an attorney and to avoid a debt collection agency,” attorney Michael Kocsa wrote.

“Her criminal scheme to defraud her own family and friends was uncovered during an investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s office, the PalmBeachers Police and the FBI.”

 Read more: Woman arrested in lien case of $2 million home  The investigation began after the Palmbay County Sheriffs Office received information about the alleged lien in late 2018, the sheriff’s office said.

On Feb. 5, 2019, the Sheriff’s Department received a tip from a customer who identified the alleged bank fraud and a possible lien against Kaczańsk’s home, according the sheriff.

Investigators discovered that she had stolen $1,873,521 from the account, the report said.

“When she was arrested, Ms. Joczmadsz told deputies she was in the process of transferring funds from the trust account into an ATM and withdrew the money, but then lost track of what she had done,” the sheriff said.

“Deputies located her at a Walmart in West Palm Beach where she was allegedly in possession of a $1 million cashier’s check.”

She was charged Monday with seven felony counts of bank and financial fraud and two counts of lien lien.

The Palm Beach county sheriff’s deputy who assisted in the investigation has been placed on paid administrative leave, the department said in a news release.

Kocsa said that Kaczynski’s case has “no bearing on the ongoing investigation of the fraud, theft and misuse of the trust fund.”