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Rock Hill Bank Tellers Convicted on Bank Fraud Conspiracy Resulting in Loss of $367,629 Loss

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2013

Contact Person: Jamie Schoen (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Dionna Shawntae Lowery, age 26, of Catawba, South Carolina, and Tina Shaneka Hall, age 33, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, pled guilty today in federal court in Columbia, to Conspiracy to Embezzle from a Bank, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.    United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie accepted the pleas and will sentence Ms. Lowery and Ms. Hall on November 6, 2013.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that from at least the summer of 2012 through December of 2012, Ms. Lowery and Ms. Hall, while employed as bank tellers, altered $100 and $50 currency straps in the Cherry Road Branch vault of Wells Fargo Bank in Rock Hill, South Carolina, replacing the $100 and $50 denomination bills with $1 bills.  During the course of the conspiracy, $367,629.18 dollars were stolen from the bank.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Ms. Lowery and Ms. Hall can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for five years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by agents of the FBI, and Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Columbia office handled the case.

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