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Chairman Reed Applauds the Work of EXIM’s Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, in Cracking Down on Bad Actors and Protecting American Taxpayers

Maryland Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison After Obstructing Justice in Cyber Fraud Investigation Involving EXIM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020

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WASHINGTON – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed today commended EXIM’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice following an announcement that a Maryland woman was convicted of obstruction of justice in a cyber fraud investigation involving EXIM.

The woman – who, according to the Department of Justice, made numerous intentionally misleading statements regarding an investigation into a computer fraud case that affected a business in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana – was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the EXIM Office of the Inspector General and was prosecuted by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Middle District of Louisiana. Additional details are included in the U.S. Department of Justice press release.

“I, and all of us at EXIM, prioritize cracking down on bad actors and protecting the American taxpayer,” said Chairman Reed. “In order to best meet our mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports, I have underscored the important and independent role of the EXIM Office of the Inspector General. Our thanks go to the entire Office of the Inspector General team—including Acting Inspector General Jennifer Fain and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Patrick McCurry—as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, for their diligent work in this matter. EXIM has no tolerance for waste, fraud, abuse, or obstruction of justice. I urge the public to immediately contact the EXIM Office of the Inspector General hotline if there is any concern.”

Complaints and reports of waste, fraud, and abuse related to EXIM programs and operations can be reported to the EXIM OIG hotline at 888-OIG-EXIM (888-644-3946) or via email at IGhotline@exim.gov. Click here for more details.

ABOUT EXIM:

EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to support sales of U.S. goods and services to international buyers. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, approximately 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt.

For more information about EXIM, please visit www.exim.gov.