BB&T Area Operations Manager Sentenced For Theft Of Bank Funds
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. today sentenced Lisa Michelle Dabrowski (39, North Port) to 15 months in federal prison for theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a bank employee. As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $87,053.96, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.
Dabrowski pleaded guilty on June 2, 2011.
According to court documents, Dabrowski was employed by Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) as an Area Operations Officer. She worked at several different branches of BB&T in Sarasota County.
From on or about September 24, 2008, through and including January 12, 2011, Dabrowski embezzled and/or misapplied $87,053.96 belonging to BB&T and entrusted to its custody and care. In at least 76 instances, she took funds from teller drawers and later deposited the funds into her personal account at BB&T. In order to conceal the fact that she had taken funds from teller drawers, Dabrowski prepared false and fraudulent General Ledger Debit forms in amounts that matched what she had taken from the teller drawers, and she made corresponding entries into BB&T’s computerized General Ledger Accounts.
In this manner, Dabrowski made it appear that no funds had been taken and that the bank’s books balanced. On at least one other occasion, Dabrowski used a key which she was not authorized to possess to open a teller drawer and surreptitiously removed funds.
On January 12, 2011, BB&T corporate investigators approached Dabrowski about the General Ledger Debit transactions and missing funds. She admitted to taking the funds and using the funds to pay personal expenses. She also provided BB&T corporate investigators with a hand-written statement in which she wrote, among other things, that she “under[stood] what I was doing was illegal” and that she “was debiting GL’s by way of cash and depositing them in my account” because she was under financial strain.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachelle DesVaux Bedke.