Timothy Calvin Olk, of Tyler, faces up to 30 years in prison for a charge of bank fraud, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby said Wednesday. No sentencing date has been set, she said, but it will probably occur within a few months. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Love took the plea from Olk.
The defendant was indicted in January on three total counts of bank fraud involving checks in the amount of $122,435.32 each, but the other two counts are expected to be dismissed at the time of sentencing, Ms. Cozby said. Olk pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.
According to the indictment, Olk convinced two investors to liquidate funds in their IRA investment accounts, promising that Austin Bank provided better interest rates that did not exist.
On two occasions, Olk met the Federal Express truck as it entered the parking lot of the bank and intercepted checks prior to their delivery at Austin Bank, the indictment stated.
In an effort to deposit the two checks totaling more than $244,000 into his account, Olk told the bank that the investment company that issued the checks made a mistake, and Olk was able to deposit them in his own account, according to the indictment. He then used the money for his own personal benefit, the indictment stated.
On Nov. 7, Olk attempted to deposit a third check at Austin Bank, but the bank refused to accept it.