Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from a Bank in Grant County privateofficer.com

 

WICHITA KS Jan 8 2014—A fourth former bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a bank in Grant County, Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Hattie Wiginton, 33, Ulysses, Kansas, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft from a bank. In her plea, she admitted she stole from Western State Bank in Ulysses, Kansas, while she worked there from 2008 to 2010.
Beginning in 2008, Wiginton aided and abetted co-defendants Ashley Cravens and Amber Gutierrezto steal from the bank. Together they stole an amount up to $84,200 from the bank by making deposits into each other’s bank accounts that were false.
The shortage was covered by falsely representing the balance in the vault of the bank. On July 24, 2010, Wiginton took part in a staged bank robbery with Cravens and Gutierrez.
Wiginton pretended to be the victim of the robbery while Cravens acted the part of the bank robber. The purpose of the staged robbery was to cover up the shortage of cash in the bank vault. Wiginton is set for sentencing March 24. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Co-defendants are:

  • Amber Gutierrez, 32, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for sentencing February 3
  • Ashley Cravens, 29, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for sentencing February 7
  • Linda Wise, 60, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for sentencing February 24

Grissom commended the FBI, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Ulysses Police Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case

Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Role in Embezzlement, Staged Robbery privateofficer.com

 

U.S. Attorney’s Office
Press Release

TOPEKA, KS Nov 20 2013 —A former bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a bank in Grant County, Kansas, and to helping stage a robbery to cover up the theft, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Amber Gutierrez, 32, Ulysses, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a bank. In her plea, she admitted that she and other former bank employees embezzled from the bank and staged a robbery.
From 2008 to July 24, 2010, while Gutierrez was head teller, she and two co-defendants embezzled approximately $84,200 from Western State Bank in Ulysses, Kan. On July 24, 2010, Gutierrez aided and abetted a staged bank robbery. Subsequent to the staged bank robbery, Gutierrez and co-defendants embezzled another $24,450 from the bank.
Gutierrez is set for sentencing February 4.
Co-defendants are
•Ashley Cravens, who is set for a change of plea hearing November 22
•Hattie Wiginton, who is set for jury trial December 17
•Linda Wise, who is set for jury trial December 17
Grissom commended the FBI, the KBI, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Ulysses Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.