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Henryetta Woman Pleads Guilty To Theft By Bank Employee

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

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Stacey Becker Lawson, age 41, of Henryetta, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to Theft, Embezzlement Or Misapplication By Bank Employee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656, punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both.

The Indictment alleged that from in or about 2015, the exact date unknown to the Grand Jury, until on or about June 13, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, being an employee of, and connected in a capacity with, American Exchange Bank of Henryetta, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with intent to injure and defraud the said American Exchange Bank of Henryetta, Oklahoma, willfully misapplied, embezzled, abstracted, and purloined more than $1,000.00 of the moneys, funds, assets and securities entrusted to the custody and care of American Exchange Bank of Henryetta, Oklahoma, in that the defendant withdrew cash and transferred funds from the bank and misapplied, embezzled, abstracted and purloined the funds.  

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. 

Assistant United States Attorney Clay Compton represented the United States.

Updated October 26, 2018

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