Lebanon County Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $60,000 from Credit Union
|U.S. Attorney’s Office August 08, 2013|
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brian G. Zimmerman, age 68, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to credit union larceny before U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo. As a result of the guilty plea, Zimmerman faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines, and mandatory restitution. No date has been set for sentencing.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Zimmerman was the former manager and treasurer of the LEBCO Educators Federal Credit Union located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Zimmerman admitted that he stole $60,000 from the credit union by taking money from the vault and making direct deposits to his personal account from credit union funds between 2004 and 2009. Zimmerman was terminated from his position in 2010.
A sentencing following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
The case was investigated by the FBI and is assigned to Senior Litigation Counsel Bruce Brandler for prosecution.