COVINGTON, KY - A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging 34-year-old Rebecca Hatfield with bank embezzlement, 46 counts of false entries in bank records, and making a false statement.
According to the indictment, from December 2007 through August 2011, Hatfield embezzled approximately $135,700 from the Bank of Kentucky in Florence, KY.
The indictment further alleges that Hatfield intentionally made false entries into the accounting records and falsely told an FBI agent that she had not embezzled the money and suspected that another bank employee may have done so.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the FBI. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher L. Nasson.
Hatfield’s appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set. If convicted, Hatfield faces a minimum of probation and a maximum prison sentence of thirty years. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.