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PRESS RELEASE: Cyber Crime Task Force Arrests Meridian Woman, Teresa Wash, Indicted in $1 Million Fraud Scheme

FBI Jackson
Public Affairs Specialist Brett Carr
(601) 948-5000
April 12, 2016

Cyber Crime Task Force Arrests Meridian Woman Indicted in $1 Million Fraud Scheme

The FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force arrested a Meridian woman on a six-count indictment charging her with stealing almost one million dollars from her employer. A federal grand jury empanelled in the Southern District of Mississippi returned a six-count indictment charging Teresa Wash, the controller of a Meridian business, with five counts of wire fraud (18 USC Sections 2 and 1343) and one count of exceeding her authorized computer access (Section 1030 (a)(4)).

Wash was arrested without incident Tuesday morning at her residence by members of the Jackson Field Office’s Cyber Crime Task Force.

According to the indictment, from October 2013 through December 2014, Wash, using her access, transferred thousands of dollars from Progressive Pipeline to her personal bank account.

Wash also ordered four debit cards on behalf of the company, which she used to purchase personal items and make automated teller machine withdrawals.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of items purchased with the stolen funds. Wash, 50, of Meridian, was transported to federal court in Jackson for her initial appearance on the charges.

The Jackson Cyber Crime Task Force is composed of investigators from the Madison Police Department and Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and FBI agents from the Jackson Field Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wansley.

An indictment is merely an accusation of criminal activity, and defendants should be presumed innocent until related court proceedings have concluded.

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