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Former Teller Charged With Bank Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 35-year-old Scranton man was charged today with stealing money from a bank where he worked as a teller.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, his office filed a criminal Information against Gary Fletcher, charging him with the theft of more than $8,000 from Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank.

     The charge against Fletcher resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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