Former Bank Vice President Sentenced To 10 Months For Embezzlement
Orlando, Florida - Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Sharon Williams (51, Orlando) to 10 months in federal prison for theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a bank officer. Williams was also ordered to serve 11 months of home confinement followed by 1 year of supervised release. She was ordered to pay restitution to SunTrust Bank in the amount of $98,612. Williams pleaded guilty on September 25, 2012.
According to her plea agreement, Williams was the Vice-President of SunTrust Bank’s Real Estate Construction Administration. From October 2004 to October 2011, she used her position to steal more than $195,000 from various accounts at the bank. Williams prepared debit tickets that made it appear as if a transaction was being done for a commercial client, when in fact, the money was transferred to one of Williams’ personal accounts. To conceal her thefts, Williams signed the approvals for the transactions herself and wrote on the majority of the tickets that the transactions were for “inspection fees” or “fees.” Her theft was detected after a bank employee discovered that a $5,615 debit from a general ledger account was deposited into an account that belonged to Williams.
Of the over $195,000 that Williams embezzled, she repaid a large portion of that amount back prior to today’s sentencing hearing. Court- ordered restitution, in the amount of $98,612, includes a reduction for the portion that Williams has already repaid.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.