- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A former bank teller has pleaded guilty in the theft of $378,000 from the former Lenox National Bank in Massachusetts.

Forty-seven-year-old Melissa Scolforo of Lee entered the plea to conspiracy Thursday in a federal court in Springfield.

Authorities say Scolforo admitted to stealing from her teller drawer and the bank’s vault over five years and submitting false reports to cover up the thefts.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Scolforo and another indicted teller took the cash and spent it on shopping, dining out and household bills.

Prosecutors say Scolforo confessed to the thefts during an internal audit in 2013.

She faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 15.

Her attorney told The Berkshire Eagle that Scolforo is “extremely remorseful for what she’s done.”

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