Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 20, 2013|
GULFPORT, MS—Vonetta Jordan, 37, of Poplarville, Mississippi, pled guilty to bank fraud on February 19, 2013, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen announced. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on May 23, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Jordan worked as head teller for Union Planters Bank (later Regions Bank) in Picayune, Mississippi. From April 2004 through February 2005, she and another bank employee, Debra Mitchell, embezzled bank funds in the amount of $117,883.25. Jordan and Mitchell concealed their fraud by keeping a running total of the amount they were stealing from the bank and making false entries into the bank’s accounting system so the vault would appear to be balanced. Mitchell pled guilty to bank fraud on December 18, 2012 and will be sentenced on March 18, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.