July 10, 2014

Tamra Vance Robinson Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Credit Union Embezzlement

GREENEVILLE, TN—On July 9, 2014, Tamra Vance Robinson, 41, of Kingsport, was sentenced to serve 33 months in federal prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Robinson pleaded guilty in March 2014 to a federal grand jury indictment charging her with credit union embezzlement. Upon her release from prison, Robinson will serve three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $420,000 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

Materials placed in the public record established that Robinson worked at the credit union’s branch on Stone Drive in Kingsport, Tennessee, from 1998 until her theft was discovered in September 2011. She was the vault teller, drive-through window teller, and a counter teller. From April 2008 through September 2011, Robinson embezzled $420,000 from the credit union by creating a fictitious teller drawer to conceal withdrawals of cash, manipulating the credit union’s records regarding its receipt and disbursement of coins and currency, and entering false entries in the books and records for the vault, teller ledgers, teller drawers, and the automated teller machine.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Robinson was the result of an investigation conducted by the TVA Employees Credit Union corporate security staff and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.