CFO Sink’s Investigators Catch Woman Trying to Steal Millions from Florida
Quick Action by CFO Sink’s Department Caught Fraud Before Money Was Lost
TALLAHASSEE- Florida’s CFO Alex Sink today announced the arrest of Angella Muthoni Chegge-Kraszeski, 33, of Raleigh, North Carolina, for trying to defraud Florida in a failed attempt to steal millions from the state.
Chegge-Kraszeski was arrested for allegedly establishing a fake corporation and submitting phony documentation that directed the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) to divert funds to a bank account set up by Chegge-Kraszeski using an alias. Security and verification procedures put in place at the direction of CFO Sink caught the attempted fraud before any money was stolen.
“This arrest proves that smart safeguards, an effective team and a quick response are the keys to cracking down on financial fraud, a crime that steals from the people of Florida,” said CFO Alex Sink. “I commend our Department’s Office Fiscal Integrity, our Division of Accounting and Auditing, and our law enforcement partners in North Carolina for taking swift action to ensure that not one dime was stolen from Florida taxpayers.”
Chegge-Kraszeski was arrested by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) working in conjunction with CFO Sink’s Office of Fiscal Integrity and charged with “Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretenses over $100,000” a Class C felony, punishable by up to 6 years in prison.
On March 31, 2009 the Florida Department of Financial Services received Chegge-Kraszeski’s fraudulent documentation that gave the appearance of being from a legitimate Florida vendor, directing the Department to change the financial institution information to an account established by Chegge-Kraszeski. The Department’s Division of Accounting and Auditing EFT Payment Section discovered the fraudulent attempt and turned it over to the Division’s Office of Fiscal Integrity for investigation.
The Office of Fiscal Integrity is responsible for statewide investigations of allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse involving State of Florida property and money. To report fraud, waste, or abuse of State of Florida resources, call1-800-GET-LEAN (1-800-438-5326) or the Office of Fiscal Integrity directly at 850-413-5514.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO. As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.