The second of two former Security National Bank employees who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the bank was sent to prison Wednesday.
During a continued sentencing hearing, Kristen S. Head, 35, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
An investigation started by the Urbana Police Division last July found $391,000 had been stolen from Security National Bank, 828 Scioto St., dating back to 2009 when Head and co-defendant Kristie K. Shover, 47, were employed with the bank.
Both co-defendants pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, a third degree felony, in December and Shover was sentenced to two years in prison last Friday.
Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi previously stated Head worked for the bank between January 2001 and March 2014 while Shover worked for the bank between November 2004 and July 2016.
Wednesday’s sentencing was a continuation of a hearing which began on Feb. 6. The hearing was continued as the court wanted to gather information from the prosecutor’s office about the harm the theft had on the bank and about financial resources available for Head for restitution purposes in addition to having an opportunity to compare the two co-defendants’ explanation of the crime.
On Wednesday, Judge Nick Selvaggio informed Head and her attorney Brian Joslyn of the discussions held during Shover’s sentencing hearing.
“The court took the position at the sentencing hearing after speaking with Miss Shover that Miss Shover didn’t have the financial savviness to perpetuate the theft over a number of years,” Selvaggio said. “What the court believed happened was that Miss Shover started stealing small amounts and at some point your client discovered in her current capacity as a managing supervisor that your client was in a position in her life where the theft was a solution for her financial struggles and that the theft continued over a period of time and that when your client left the bank Miss Shover was unable to continue the theft because she got caught up in … forged record keeping.”
The co-defendants reportedly used their positions as bank tellers to manipulate bank records and steal money and to cover up their conduct they would create fraudulent transactions.
Selvaggio explained that Head’s sentence was longer than Shover’s because the court felt Head had a higher degree of responsibility to the employer as Head was in a manager position.
In addition to the prison sentence, Head was ordered to pay a $350 fine and pay her share of $310,000 in restitution.
Upon her release, Head is subject to post-release control for a period of up to three years.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.