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Former Bank Employee Guilty of Embezzlement

Stefani Bennett, 44, of Salmon, Idaho, guilty on Wednesday in United States District Court to embezzlement by a bank employee.

Bennett was an employee of the U.S. Bank in Salmon, Idaho. On July 8, 20100, Bennett withdrew $100,000 from a customer’s account and converted it to five cashier’s checks and $2,407.59 in cash, which she used to pay her personal bills and make personal purchases, all without authorization. Bennett admitted to other bank employees and to special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who interviewed her at a later date, that she took the money.

The charge of embezzlement by a bank employee is punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.