Papillion Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Chief United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Amy Fisher, 43, of Papillion, Nebraska, to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. In April 2014, a federal grand jury returned a criminal indictment charging Fisher with embezzlement. On June 22, 2015, Fisher pleaded guilty to the charge.
The investigation demonstrated that Fisher was a Financial Services Officer with the Bellevue branch of the Bank of the West. Fisher performed her embezzlement by making unauthorized withdrawals from various accounts of customers. Fisher typically made the unauthorized withdrawals by closing out customer certificates of deposits, and then reopening new certificates of deposits for what appeared to be the same amount. However, Fisher made false entries within the bank’s computer systems and generated false documents to be provided to the customers to mask the fact that she had withdrawn and pocketed a portion of the customer’s certificate of deposit. Fisher engaged in similar conduct relative to customers’ home equity line of credit accounts as well as checking and savings accounts.
Judge Smith Camp found that Fisher engaged in 55 such fraudulent transactions affecting 17 different customers all of whom were between the ages of 82 and 97 years old. Judge Smith Camp ordered Fisher to pay restitution to the Bank of the West in the amount of $158,941.56. The Bank of the West had previously reimbursed all of its customer accounts for Fisher’s conduct.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.