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SC woman gets year in prison for $720,000 theft

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A 60-year-old Mount Pleasant woman has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for embezzling $720,000 from Bank of America.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel sentenced Michele Gentry to 12 months and 1 day in prison following her guilty plea earlier this year.

Prosecutors said Gentry took the money over a 15-year period. She worked as a vault teller in a Mount Pleasant branch of the bank and took the money as she moved it from the vault to teller drawers and later falsified reports. Gergel called the actions a calculated and methodical crime.

Attorneys Jerry Theos and Alan Toporek said they had hoped Gentry's remorse and cooperation would keep her out of prison since she had no criminal record.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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