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Former bank employee sentenced to probation for embezzlement

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 10:08 p.m.

A former employee of a Grant County bank on Wednesday was sentenced to three years of federal probation after pleading guilty to embezzlement, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Linda Wise, 60, of Ulysses, also was ordered to pay $24,450 in restitution to Western State Bank in Ulysses, which suffered losses from the crimes. In her plea, Wise admitted that she and other employees of the bank stole $24,450 between late 2010 and March 2013 and that the theft was part of a conspiracy, Grissom said Wednesday in an emailed news release.

The money is part of a larger sum embezzled from Western State Bank by former employees, starting in 2008. Grissom said in November, after one of Wise’s co-defendants pleaded guilty in the case, that the employees embezzled about $84,200 between 2008 and July 2010, then staged a robbery to cover up the crime.

After the robbery, Grissom said in November, the bank employees stole the $24,450 – the amount referenced in Wise’s plea.

Wise’s co-defendants Amber Gutierrez, 32, and Ashley Cravens, 29, are set for sentencing March 13. Hattie Wiginton, 33, is scheduled for sentencing on March 24.

All of the women are from Ulysses.

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

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