Former Bank Employee Re-Sentenced For Theft
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today re-sentenced Ane Plate (60, DeLand) to 27 months in federal prison for theft by a bank employee. As part of her sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $176, 079.70, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.
Plate pleaded guilty on May 20, 2015. On August 19, 2015, she was initially sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kendall G. Sharp to 27 months’ imprisonment. Plate appealed that sentence, and on October 5, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case for re-sentencing.
According to court documents, between October 8, 2013, and continuing through May 3, 2014, Plate, who was an officer and employee of Wells Fargo Bank, stole $176,079.70 in bank deposits. Specifically, she induced an elderly couple, who had been her clients for several years, to sign an ACH Authorization Agreement allowing Plate to transfer funds from the couple’s Wells Fargo Trust Account to their personal checking account. Plate then manipulated the elderly couple into writing checks to her from that account. Plate would replenish the funds in the couple’s personal account by selling off their securities, without authorization, and transferring the proceeds into the couple’s personal account. Plate then used the stolen money to make improvements to her home, pay her mortgage, and make large cash withdrawals. At the time of the offense, the elderly victims, who were in their nineties, had diminished mental capacities and were living in an assisted living facility.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kara M. Wick.