COLUMBIA, SC — One of two tellers who stole more than $367,000 from a Rock Hill Wells Fargo bank branch was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday.
Dionna Lowery, 26, of Catawba, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to conspiracy to embezzle from a bank in the scheme that went on from summer of 2012 until the end of the year.
The FBI began an investigation after bank officials discovered the scam.
“I take full responsibility,” Lowery said in court before U.S. District Court Judge Cameron Currie handed down her sentence.
“I realize what I did was wrong. I apologize.”
She and her family declined to comment further after the hearing.
It remains unclear how much money each teller took, but Currie ordered Lowery to repay the full amount taken from the bank – $367,629.18.
She must report to federal prison Jan. 2.
A second teller who pleaded guilty, Tina Hall of Rock Hill, is scheduled to be sentenced in January, court officials said.
Lowery and Hall, who worked at the Wells Fargo drive-up branch on Cherry Road, admitted that, over several months, they took $100 and $50 bills from bundles of cash and replaced them with $1 bills.
The (Rock Hill) Herald