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Bank Employee Facing 44 Charges of Theft, Embezzlement and Misappropriation of Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of theft, embezzlement, and misappropriation by a bank employee, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The 44-count indictment returned yesterday named Jessica N. Scola, 32, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Scola, on 44 occasions between Jan. 2, 2015 and April 16, 2015, while employed at PNC Bank, embezzled and misapplied the bank's funds through electronic transfers, draft checks, and ATM withdrawals.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both, at each count of the indictment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 23, 2016

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