- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A former employee of Altana Federal Credit Union in Billings pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 by fraudulently endorsing checks for deposit.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1IjrwAQ ) that 48-year-old Jacqueline Sue Spitzer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of bank fraud. As a result of her plea, 21 other bank fraud counts will be dismissed at sentencing.

Prosecutors say between 2011 and 2014 Spitzer deposited $26,724-worth of checks into her personal accounts by writing her account number on the back of the received checks. Spitzer was a collections officer for Altana. She received checks owed to the credit union or to one of its clients.

Spitzer faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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