Hancock Woman Sentenced for Bank Embezzlement
Jodi L. Webber, 37, of Hancock, Maine, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in prison and five years of supervised release for embezzling bank funds.
Webber was also ordered to pay $19,400 in restitution. Webber pled guilty on September 21, 2016.
According to court documents, in September 2015, Webber was hired by Camden National Bank as a teller at its Bar Harbor (Town Hill), Maine branch. Between November 2015 and February 2016, Webber stole $19,400 from her teller drawer and replaced it with money she withdrew from five customer accounts. She targeted the accounts of elderly customers and forged their signatures on withdrawal slips. She typically reversed those withdrawals on the same day that she made them after the bank’s cash audit had been completed.
Her embezzlement scheme was discovered when a customer questioned an unauthorized withdrawal from the customer’s account that had not been reversed. That inquiry caused the bank to conduct a comprehensive examination of the defendant’s transactions and to contact law enforcement.
In imposing sentence, Judge John A Woodcock, Jr. said: “You violated a fundamental obligation an employee owes to an employer not to steal from the employer or cheat its customers.”