A former Drug Enforcement Administration manager this week pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud for using dozens of credit cards under the guise of fictitious DEA employees.
Keenya M. Banks, 42, of Upper Marlboro, Md., admitted to submitting 32 fake credit-card applications and using the payment cards to withdraw nearly $114,000 from ATMs in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The balances remain unpaid and delinquent, according to court documents.
As part of her plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit the money from her scheme and pay full restitution. The court has scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 29.
The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Under the plea agreement, Banks will face less than three years in prison.
Banks was a program manager responsible for approving and issuing credit cards to DEA employees. Her scheme lasted from May 2011 through October 2014.
Among the questionable charges highlighted during the hearing, the officials noted that Miami-based Job Corps employees spent nearly $100,000 on personal expenses, such as trips to hair salons, clothing stores and cellphone service providers.
The Government Accountability Office is conducting a comprehensive review of government credit-card abuses and plans to release its findings sometime late this year, according to the agency.