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.


Information from: The Post and Courier,

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