Former bank employee pleads guilty to role in embezzlement, staged robbery

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TOPEKA, Kan. – A former bank employee has pleaded guilty to allegations of embezzlement, after she and three of her co-workers conspired together to stage a robbery to cover up the theft.

According to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Amber Gutierrez, 32, who formally worked as the head teller at Western State Bank in Ulysses, Kan. pleaded guilty to one count of theft from the bank.

Gutierrez admitted in her plea, that she and two other women, who also worked as employees of the bank, embezzled approximately $84,200 from 2008 to July of 2010.

On July 24, 2010, Gutierrez and the two co-defendants worked together to stage a bank robbery, embezzling another $24,450 from the bank.

The three listed co-defendants are Ashley Cravens, who has a change of plea hearing set for November 22, Hattie Wiginton, and Linda Wise, who both are set for jury trial on December 17th. Gutierrez is set for sentencing on February fourth of next year.

Grissom commended the FBI, the KBI, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Ulysses Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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