Monday, December 3, 2012

Bank teller’s accomplice sentenced for embezzlement

U.S. Department of Justice

A woman who helped a bank teller embezzle more than $27,000 from a Kansas City bank has been sentenced to six months home detention followed by two years supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Cierra M. Clayborn, 20, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting bank embezzlement. In her plea, Clayborn admitted that she and co-defendant Brittney L. Crane, 23, Kansas City, Kan., split the stolen money evenly between them.

Clayborn presented forged withdrawal slips to Crane, who was teller at a US Bank Branch at 1059 Parallel in Kansas City, Kan. In one incident, bank security cameras recorded the two women as Crane served Clayborn at the bank’s drive-thru window.

Clayborn was receiving texts from Crane directing her how to fill out the paperwork. Clayborn received $5,000 in that one transaction.

Clayborn told investigators Crane devised the scheme and Clayborn went along with it because she needed money.

Crane pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months home detention followed by two years supervised release.

Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin for their work on the case.