DALLAS — Katia Maribell Olivera, 26, of Dallas, Texas, appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Olivera, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of twenty years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for October 5, 2016, before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.
According to documents filed in the case, in July 2013, Olivera filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Texas. Following the filing of the bankruptcy petition creditor International Auto Sales filed an Emergency Motion to Annul the Automatic Stay to repossess a 2006 BMW 7 Series automobile purchased by Olivera.
In May 2013, Olivera made a $4,000 down payment and signed a credit application seeking a loan for the purchase of the BMW. The application was mailed to National Auto Lenders located in Miami Lakes, Florida. In this credit application, Olivera signed and submitted a false and fraudulent application falsely representing her monthly gross income and also contained the forged signature of her employer.
This case is one of several felony prosecutions of bankruptcy-related crimes generated by the Bankruptcy Fraud Initiative in the Northern District of Texas. Olivera is the 16th defendant convicted since July 2014 as part of that initiative.
Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jarvis is in charge of the prosecution.