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Illinois Woman Sentenced for Stealing $439,000 from Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White on Tuesday sentenced a former bank branch manager who embezzled about $439,000 from her employer to a term of imprisonment of 27 months.

Samantha J. Cherry, 35, from Morrisonville, Illinois was a manager at a UMB Bank branch in St. Louis at the time. Between January 2021 and March 2022, Cherry took cash directly from the vault and moved currency from other cash supplies into her cash drawer totals. Cherry admitted to the theft after being questioned by bank personnel.

Cherry pleaded guilty in March 2023 to one felony count of theft or embezzlement by a bank officer.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Roy is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 6, 2023