On Friday, it was announced that three former tellers at an Elk City bank had been sentenced to prison for their involvement in an embezzlement scheme. 26-year-old Breanna Lashea Vinson, 27-year-old Shanquaie Stevenson and 27-year-old Kayla Rene Jackson were all sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to embezzle funds from a federally insured bank. The defendants were previously accused of being involved in a scheme to embezzle $427,632.90 from the Great Plains National Bank in Elk City.
On August 17, 2017, the defendants pleaded guilty to separate one-count Informations charging them with conspiracy to embezzle funds at the Great Plains National Bank. The defendants worked as tellers at the bank and had access to the bank’s cash vault. At their plea hearings, they admitted that they routinely stole cash from the bank’s vault and teller drawers. They also admitted to creating false vault balancing sheets to hide the missing cash.
In October of 2016, bank officials discovered that they were missing $427,632.90. Jackson had stopped working at Great Plains National Bank in April of 2016. Stevenson and Vinson were still employed with the bank when the cash shortage was discovered. Vinson and Stevenson have been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release. Jackson was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison to be followed by two years of supervised release.
The defendants have also been ordered to pay restitution to the bank and an insurance company. Vinson has been ordered to pay $317,432.90, Stevenson has been ordered to $247,432.90 and Jackson has been ordered to pay $157,432.0 in restitution. Additional details about the sentencing can be found here.