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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Second former bank teller pleads guilty to embezzlement in Pennsylvania

A second former bank teller has agreed to plead guilty to charges she and a colleague embezzled more than $7,617 from the First Keystone Community Bank in Kingston, according to documents filed Friday in federal court.

Mary Ann Wright and her colleague, Jennifer Sgroi, repeatedly swiped cash from their teller drawers between 2009 and July 2010, federal prosecutors said. They swapped cash from each other's drawers to hide their thefts from monthly bank audits, federal prosecutors said.

Wright, 42, of Kingston, faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine and, under her plea agreement, could be ordered to pay back the full amount of the stolen funds. She has agreed to cooperate with investigators.

Sgroi agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to a theft conspiracy charge. She also faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Wright and Sgroi worked as tellers at the First Keystone Community Bank branch on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston, but are "no longer employed" with the company, Lee Hess, a bank vice president, said.

Wright's attorney, Matthew Thomas Comerford, did not return a telephone message Friday.

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