Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Update: Former Montana Bank Teller Sentenced In $800K Embezzlement Case

Leslie Susan Stehr, 45, of Missoula, Montana, has been sentenced to 44 months in prison for embezzling some $803,000 from the First National Bank of Montana where she had been a longtime employee. Stehr, who was originally charged last April, had pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. As part of her sentence, Stehr will be placed on 5 years probation after release from prison and must pay restitution in the amount of $1,015,374. According to prosecutors, Stehr began her embezzlement activities in November 1999 and continued for eight and a half years until February 2008, when she was caught. Stehr was employed as a bank teller supervisor and vault supervisor, which allowed her to manipulate the bank books and records to conceal her thefts. Investigators say Stehr spent the money on maintaining a lavish lifestyle, including expensive gifts for herself and luxury travel. It has been reported that Stehr also has a prior history of embezzlement, from another local bank and an athletic shop where she had previously been employed.

Read FraudTalk's original post on this story here.

Read the story here.

Read the DOJ announcement of her guilty plea here.

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