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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Middletown, Missouri, Bank Manager Sentenced On Embezzlement Charges

St. Louis, MO – CANDIDA S. LEHNEN was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $90,000 from the American Bank of Missouri while working as a bank branch manager.  In addition to the prison sentence, she was ordered to pay more than $90,000 in restitution.  Following her term of imprisonment, Lehnen will be required to serve five years of supervised release.

According to court documents, between 2010 and November 2012, Lehnen stole funds by fraudulently processing checks and including false information on transaction forms to reduce the likelihood of her scheme being detected by the bank’s financial controls.  Other parts of her embezzlement scheme included using altered debit tickets to obtain funds and closing the account of a deceased account holder and withdrawing the funds.  Lehnen typically targeted accounts that she believed had a history of inactivity.

Lehnen, Middletown, MO, pled guilty in May to one felony count of embezzlement by a bank officer. She appeared today in St. Louis for sentencing before Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.

            This case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bodenhausen is handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated March 19, 2015