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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

West Carrollton Woman Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison in Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

DAYTON – Amy Scarpelli, 49, of West Carrollton was sentenced to 66 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from U.S. Bank between 2011 and 2014.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak, and members of the Southern Ohio Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force, announced the sentence imposed today by United States District Judge Walter H. Rice.

Scarpelli pleaded guilty on April 22, 2015 to a bill of information charging her with one count of embezzling more than $1 million from U.S. Bank while serving as manager of the Miamisburg branch. According to court documents, Scarpelli admitted to making fraudulent draws against a line of credit for a local business that previously held accounts at U.S. Bank. She wrote and cashed checks, covering her tracks by making false entries in the bank’s computer system. Scarpelli structured the transactions in amounts less than $50,000 to avoid the need for approval by a second bank employee, in further efforts to prevent detection of her scheme.

Court documents showed that Scarpelli used the stolen funds to purchase four cars, six motorcycles, three boats, two travel trailers, and a golf cart, in addition to several real estate purchases, all of which were forfeited as part of her plea agreement.

Scarpelli was ordered to pay $5.2 million in restitution and she must serve five years on supervised release following her prison term.  She will also be required to pay back taxes on the unreported income from her embezzlement scheme.

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by Secret Service agents and Miamisburg police investigators, and Assistant United States Attorneys Sheila Lafferty and Brent Tabacchi, who prosecuted the case.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated May 18, 2016