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Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

April 9, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Betty Lee Johnson, age 40, of Bennettsville, SC, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to theft by bank employee, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656. United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Johnson worked for First Citizens Bank as a teller in the bank’s Clio branch. A surprise audit conducted on December 15, 2011, revealed that the defendant’s bank drawer and the vault were missing $206,500.00. The investigation revealed that Johnson had been embezzling money from June 2006 to May 2011.


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