Former employee admits to stealing $2.5 million from Kansas bank

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas woman pleaded guilty this week to stealing millions from the bank where she worked.

In federal court Wednesday, 55-year-old Cynthia Bright of Girard pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. In the plea, she admitted she stole $2.5 million over a period of 10 years while working as operations supervisor at Girard National Bank.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Bright used several methods to steal money. She would write checks on her own accounts and alter electronic bank records to checks would clear, but the money wouldn't be taken out of her account. In other cases she removed paper checks and altered records to post checks to other accounts. She also diverted funds from the bank's accounts to her own, and wrote large counter checks to coneal losses.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 15. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 70 months in federal prison and an order of restitution for the full amount of the thefts.


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