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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Former Bank Employee Of U.S. Bank Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud

Cynthia L. Palmer, 45, of Alton, Illinois, entered a plea of guilty to bank fraud in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from U.S. Bank, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Palmer faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and up to 5 years’ supervised release after serving her sentence and mandatory restitution. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 15, 2014.

As part of the plea, Palmer was employed by U.S. Bank at the Bethalto Airport Branch in Bethalto, Illinois, as a Universal Banker. Palmer admitted she made unauthorized debits on customer’s accounts. Palmer principally targeted older individuals to take unauthorized activity on their accounts with customers' ages ranging from 65 to 96. Palmer was terminated by U.S. Bank effective December 12, 2013. Palmer caused a direct loss of $105,827.62.

The successful prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service with the assistance of U.S. Bank. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Updated February 19, 2015