Federal Jury Convicts Former Bank Employee on Embezzlement and False Statement Charges
LUBBOCK, Texas — Following a nearly two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, a federal jury deliberated just over one hour yesterday before convicting Lamesa, Texas, resident, Priscilla Delarosa, on all three counts of a superseding indictment charging one count of misapplication of bank funds by a bank employee, one count of fraud in connection with an access device and one count of making false statements, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Delarosa, 32,who had been on bond, was remanded into custody after the verdict was read.
The government presented evidence at trial that while she was employed at Compass Bank in Big Spring, Texas, Delarosa embezzled more than $170,000 from the bank. The government presented further evidence that from November 2009 to November 2010, Delarosa used a customer’s debit card to defraud the bank and receive money, goods, services and other things of value. In addition, the government presented evidence that Delarosa made false statements to a Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service when she denied making transactions on a customer’s account at the bank where she worked, when, as she well knew, she did.
The penalties for each count are: misapplication of bank funds by a bank employee - 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine; fraud in connection with an access device - 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and false statements - five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda R. Burch and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Williams, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, prosecuted.
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