TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A 32-year-old former southwest Kansas bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from her employer and helping stage a robbery to cover up the theft.
Amber Gutierrez of Ulysses pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft from a bank. She admitted in her plea that she and other former bank employees stole from the bank and staged the robbery.
Prosecutors say Gutierrez was head teller from 2008 to July 2010 when she and two co-defendants embezzled a little more than $84,000 from Western State Bank in Ulysses. Gutierrez aided and abetted the staged robbery July 24, 2010.
Prosecutors say she and co-defendants took nearly $25,000 more from the bank after the robbery.
Gutierrez is to be sentenced Feb. 4.