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Friday, September 20, 2013

Former Bank Manager Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Money Laundering, False Tax Return in Ohio

A former bank brand manager has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.

Diane Elizabeth Niehaus, 40, of Beavercreek embezzled thousand of dollars from customer accounts at the Union Savings Bank in Centerville.

Niehaus managed the bank from 2007 to 2010.  According to the report, she created fraudulent withdrawal slips from multiple customer accounts using cashier's checks or official checks she wrote to herself between 2008 and 2010.  It's believed she made thousands of dollars through the scheme and failed to report the income on her federal income tax returns.

The court will conduct its own investigation prior to sentencing. 
A sentencing hearing is set for January 9, 2014.

A former Centerville Union Savings Bank manager on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzlement, money laundering and filing a false tax return after fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars from multiple victims.
Diane Niehaus, 40, could be sentenced Jan. 9 in front of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black. The guilty plea to a bill of information does not include an agreed-upon sentence and more victims could come forward before a pre-sentence investigation report is prepared.
The maximum prison sentence Niehaus could receive if the three counts were served consecutively is 53 years with a fine of at least $1.75 million.
Wearing a black suit and free on her own recognizance, Niehaus' voice sometimes cracked as she answered Black's questions and said, "Guilty" as to her plea. Niehaus was represented by Thomas Anderson, a federal public defender.
Court documents said Niehaus "embezzled thousands of dollars in funds from multiple USB customer accounts between 2008 and 2010." To conceal and disguise the embezzled funds, documents state Niehaus converted the money into cashiers' checks or official checks that she then negotiated or caused to be negotiated at her bank or other locations

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