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Monday, November 1, 2010

Amarillo, Texas Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Around $93,000

Former bank teller Megan Elaine Hahn admitted to stealing around $93,000 from the teller drawer while working at the First Bank Southwest Sleepy Hollow branch at 45th and Coulter over a two-year period. She was putting the bank's money in her own accounts and spending it.
Hahn pleaded guilty Tuesday in Federal court to one count of Theft by Bank Employee. She admitted she knowingly embezzled funds from the bank and, that by doing so, she intended to defraud the bank.
Hahn admitted to manipulating the balance of her teller drawer on her computer, as well as falsifying cash in and cash out tickets. Documents say she started stealing the money "in or about 2008" and was caught when she confessed to bank managers on May 18, 2010, after seeing auditors arrive. But one bank official familiar with the case told KAMR a different story. He said it was the auditors who actually reported the theft to management, who then confronted Hahn.
The same official told KAMR neither the bank nor their outside accounting firm, who specialize in internal audits, had ever seen an embezzlement case on the scale of Hahn's. He also said since the incident, First Bank Southwest has put security measures in place to make sure it doesn't happen again, though he said he wouldn't specify for security reasons.
The bank says no customers were affected by the embezzlement and that the only loss came to the bank.
An employee at the U.S. District Court in Amarillo said Hahn's sentencing date has not been set. The woman told us there's a 45-day waiting period until that date is set.
According to court documents, maximum prison time for Theft By Bank Employee is 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million, or "twice any pecuniary gain to the defendent or loss to the victim(s)."

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