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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Woman charged with embezzlement from Michigan bank

A Muskegon woman faces up to five years in prison if convicted of charges of embezzling from the Spring Lake bank where she worked.

Samantha Leigh Green, 1203 Hampden Road, has been accused of moving more than $1,000 from Huntington Bank, 123 W. Savidge St., to her personal account at another bank, according to Detective Corey Allard of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.

Green, 25, is free on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court on Feb. 14.

Green, who started working as a personal banker at Huntington Bank last fall, allegedly transferred the funds between Dec. 6, 2010, and Jan. 6, Allard said.

"She gave herself unauthorized refunds to her employee accounts," the detective said. "Then she would transfer them to her personal accounts at another financial institution."

Green was discovered when the bank ran a refund report and noticed the activity, Allard said. It was turned over to the bank investigator, who then contacted police.

Allard said Green admitted to the transfer of funds, but did not have a reason for taking the money.

"She never spent any of the money," Allard said.

Green has no prior criminal history, he added.

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