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Elkhart Woman Guilty for Mail Fraud Scheme

On October 6, 2016, Andrea G. Baker, 50, of Eklhart, Iowa, appeared in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Iowa. She was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment for mail fraud, and also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her term of imprisonment. Baker was ordered to pay $1,656,583.11 in restitution.

Baker pled guilty to one count of mail fraud on June 2, 2016. From around July 2000 until August 2014, Baker served as treasurer for the Ames Chi Omega Alumnae Association (“Chi Omega”). Over the course of fourteen years, she utilized her position as treasurer to engage in a scheme to use funds from Chi Omega for her personal benefit. This included mailing checks from Chi Omega’s account to pay for personal credit card expenses, depositing Chi Omega funds into personal bank accounts, and obtaining United States currency from Chi Omega’s account for her personal use. To conceal her misconduct, Baker made materially false entries and material omissions in Chi Omega’s financial records. Over the course of the fourteen-year period, Baker fraudulently received $1,656,583.11 in funds from Chi Omega.