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Third Former Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Grant County Bank

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 06, 2013
  • District of Kansas (316) 269-6481

WICHITA, KS—A third former bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a bank in Grant County, Kansas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Linda Wise, 60, Ulysses, Kansas, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of theft from a bank. In her plea, she admitted that from late 2010 to March 2013 while she worked at Western State Bank in Ulysses, Kansas, she embezzled money from the bank.

Subsequent to July 24, 2010, she conspired with fellow employees and co-defendants Ashley Cravensand Amber Gutierrez to steal money from the bank. From late 2010 to March 2013, the three stole a total of $24,450 from the bank.

Co-defendants are:

  • Amber Gutierrez, 32, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for sentencing February 4.
  • Ashley Cravens, 29, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for sentencing February 7.
  • Hattie Wiginton, 33, Ulysses, Kansas, who is set for jury trial January 21.

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.