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Second former bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 4:19 p.m.

Another former employee of a Grant County bank has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and to helping to conceal the theft, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday.

In her plea, 29-year-old Ashley Cravens, of Ulysses, admitted that she and other former employees of Western State Bank embezzled approximately $84,200 between 2008 and July 2010 then staged a robbery to cover up the crime, Grissom said in a news release. After the robbery, Cravens and her co-defendants embezzled an additional $24,450, he said.

Cravens is set for sentencing on Feb. 7. She faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Of her co-defendants, Amber Gutierrez is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 4; Hattie Wiginton and Linda Wise are awaiting jury trials on Dec. 17.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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