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Former Teller Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $125,000

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

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A former bank teller in Leavenworth pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $125,000, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Charles Lee Staples, 42, Leavenworth, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement by a bank employee. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred while he was a teller at Mutual Savings Association in Leavenworth. An audit revealed that Staples took the money from his teller drawer. To cover up the crime, he made false entries in bank reports.

Sentencing is set for April 22. Staples agreed to pay back the full amount of the theft. Both parties agreed to recommend a sentence of three years on supervised release.

McAllister commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

Updated February 4, 2019