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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 6, 2015

Asst. Bank Branch Manager Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Funds

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to 6 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release on her conviction of bank embezzlement, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Diana Phillips, 41.

According to information presented to the court, Phillips was an Assistant Branch Manager and Head Teller at First National Bank. Over a period of roughly three years from 2008-2011, Phillips embezzled approximately $120,000 from the bank by processing fictitious general ledger transactions, making it appear in bank records as though she was processing refunds to bank customers. The defendant then deposited the funds into an account owned by a family member and later transferred the money from the family member's account into accounts controlled by her and/or her husband.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Conti stated that the defendant’s embezzlement extended over a long period of time and was methodical and continuous.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Phillips.

Updated July 14, 2015