Vernier pleads guilty to bank fraud charges in U.S. District Court Friday

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI. (WLUC) Ishpeming woman, Brooke Vernier, originally referred to as Brooke Ferns, was in U.S. District Court Friday.

Vernier entered a guilty plea to the federal charge of conspiracy to defraud financial institutions.

She allegedly wrote bad checks between the months of January and October of 2012 totaling $145 million. Federal officials said Vernier used a circular check-kitting scheme. It gave the appearance the accounts had more money in them than they actually did. This involved seven accounts at TruNorth Federal Credit Union, The Peninsula Bank and River Valley Bank. The checks were written on the Oasis Operating Inc. checking account at River Valley Bank.

Vernier has a sentencing scheduled for November 7.