Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Michigan Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $600K; Blames Gambling Habit

Jo Anne Wierenga, believed to be approximately 60 years old, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled nearly $600,000 from Huntington National Bank, where she had been employed as a teller. According to reports, Wierenga took money from various accounts and the bank vault over a period of about 7 years, from 2002 until mid 2009. All in, authorities alleged that Wierenga stole a total of $578,836.12. As part of her plea agreement, she must pay full restitution and is barred from the financial industry for life. Wierenga reportedly blamed a gambling habit for her actions.

Read the story here, here and here.

Hat tip: Reader Joe.

Update (5/10/11): Wierenga was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please post this story about a "culture" of fraud in Lancaster county PA:

Hands in Cookie Jar... and