Lincoln woman indicted for embezzlement
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 30, 2011 | 5203 views |  0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LINCOLN — A federal grand jury indicted a Lincoln woman Thursday for embezzling almost $129,000 from two customers at Regions Bank, where she worked as a branch manager.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton announced the 11-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charging Brenda K. Smith, 36.

Smith is charged with stealing $99,916 from one bank customer between Sept. 11, 2009, and April 30, 2010, and stealing $29,067 from another customer between April 15, 2008, and Nov. 25, 2009. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of $128,984 from Smith.

Smith was manager of the Regions Bank Lincoln Branch from April 2008 to April 2010. The indictment charges her with making 11 withdrawals from accounts of the two Regions customers during that time.

“Bank employees who violate the trust of their positions in order to fill their own pockets harm both the bank and the customers from whom they steal,” Vance said. “We must keep a close watch for this type of crime to protect and preserve trust in our financial system.”

If convicted, Smith faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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