Former Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement
Orlando, Florida - Sharon Williams (51, Orlando) pleaded guilty today to theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a bank officer. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.
According to the 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 $200,000 from various accounts at the bank. Williams would prepare debit tickets that made it appear as if a transaction was being done for a commercial client. 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 a $5,615 debit from a general ledger account on October 5, 2011 was deposited into an account that belonged to Williams. Williams was terminated from her employment.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.