Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Former Teller At Mississippi Bank Sentenced For Embezzling $117K


GULFPORT -- A former teller at a Picayune bank has been ordered to repay more than $117,000 she helped steal from the bank's vault over a year's time.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on Wednesday also sentenced Debra Mitchell to six months in prison, six months of house arrest and two years of post-release supervision.

The money was taken from Union Planters Bank between April 2004 and February 2005 before Regions Bank bought out Union Planters.

Mitchell, 43, of Carriere, is remorseful, said her attorney, Rufus Alldredge.

"She can't explain why she did it," Alldredge said. "She wasn't raised that way. She grew up in church and is in church now. But as soon as the FBI called her, she called me and we went to the FBI together, and she cooperated fully, pleading guilty to a criminal complaint instead of waiting to be indicted."

Mitchell, also known as Debra Wesselman, must report to prison within 60 days.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to bank fraud in December. A restitution order requires her to repay $117,883.25, the full amount she stole along with former head teller Vonetta Jordan.

Jordan, 37, of Poplarville, will be sentenced May 23. Jordan was indicted on 14 counts and has pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. She faces up to 30 years in prison.
From The Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald

Hat tip: FraudTalk reader Joe.

Update (5/23/13): Vonetta Jordan, 37, was sentenced to 17 months in prison for bank fraud and ordered to repay $117,883.25.

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