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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Forsyth, Montana woman pleads guilty to bank embezzlement

A former bank teller has pleaded guilty to embezzling $84,000 from Wells Fargo Bank in Forsyth.The U.S. attorney's office says 31-year-old Courtney M. Batey pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 4.Prosecutors say the investigation into Batey began when a customer complained in June 2009 that she was shorted $5,000 when she redeemed to certificates of deposit.Further investigation found another bank customer Batey worked with was missing thousands of dollars from her accounts.Batey told investigators that from October 2007 through June 2009 she stole cash out of her teller drawer and replaced the money with funds she took from customer accounts. An audit found that Batey embezzled about $84,000.

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