- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - A former branch manager at a south Arkansas bank has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud.

Melinda Gwin was also ordered Wednesday to repay $210,875 to the First National Bank of Crossett. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Elser says Gwin was employed at the bank from 2009 to 2015, first as a teller and then as manager of its Hamburg branch.

According to court records, Gwin had access to the bank’s vault. Elser says surveillance video showed Gwin pretending to deposit funds into the vault, then concealing the cash and leaving with it.

Elser says Gwin admitted taking the cash in $2,000 and $3,000 increments over five years. She was indicted last September and pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in December.

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