BOISE, ID. -- (October. 29, 2007) -- Charles Drake Cazier
, 53, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in a bank fraud scheme. Cazier and his wife, Carmen Leann
Wright, 33, earlier admitted that they made false statements to Mountain West Bank on a loan application.
U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Cazier to pay a $3,000 fine and $5,539 in restitution. He will serve five
years on supervised release following his prison term.
Wright was sentenced earlier this months to time served plus three years supervised release and 50 hours of community
service. She, too, will be responsible for the restitution.
The false statements occurred in August 1999, after Wright applied to Mountain West Bank in Coeur díAlene for a loan
of $92,150 in order to purchase property in Spirit Lake. Wright overstated her monthly income on the loan application,
and with Cazierís assistance submitted false pay stubs from Spirit Lake Greenhouse, false W-2s for 1997 and 1998, and
false federal tax returns for 1997 and 1998. When the bank became suspicious and asked Wright to sign a form allowing
them to obtain her filed tax returns, the couple withdrew their application.
The case was investigated by the FBI.
SOURCE: United States Attorney's Office - District of Idaho