The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced May 6, 2021 that Rachel E. Lipps, age 40 and of Slidell, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment by the Honorable Susie Morgan for thirty-three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Additionally, the Court ordered that Lipps serve 3 years of supervised release, pay $3400 in special assessment fees and restitution in the amount of $473,978.53.
According to court documents, between January 2013 and October 2017, Lipps served as a part-time bookkeeper for a Slidell business and was entrusted with the daily accounting. Lipps fraudulently printed and cashed checks made payable to herself and several of her creditors. In all, Lipps stole $473,978.53 from the business and its owners.
This matter was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. United States Attorney Duane A. Evans is prosecuting the case.