When U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced a Montana woman to almost 4 years in a federal prison for embezzlement, he said she had “systematically stolen money from basically everyone she has ever worked for.”
The bank teller, who pleaded guilty, will be at the Graybar Hotel for embezzling $800,000 from the First National Bank of Montana, as well as tax evasion. She also must pay restitution to various injured parties of over $1 million.
The judge told The Missoulian that he hopes the sentence and fine will “deter others in the financial community from stealing.” Things could have been worse--she initially faced a maximum prison term of 35 years, which was lessened under a plea agreement.
The teller, who was in charge of the vaults in various bank branches, began her embezzlement career early, starting at an athletics supplier and another bank. Her technique was to write cash transfer tickets to the vault she was in charge of and then pocket the cash.
According to the newspaper article, she spent her purloined money shopping and on lavish gifts and trips. After her guilty plea, she told the judge that she now wants to face what has happened and be a responsible citizen.
Hope her next employer does a background check!
Source: The Missoulian