Third former bank employee enters plea

12/7/2013

Ulysses woman pleads guilty to one count of theft from Western State Bank.

Ulysses woman pleads guilty to one count of theft from Western State Bank.

By The Telegram

A third former bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a bank in Ulysses, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Linda Wise, 60, Ulysses, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of theft from a bank. In her plea, she admitted that from late 2010 to March 2013, while she worked at Western State Bank in Ulysses, she embezzled money from the bank.

Subsequent to July 24, 2010, she conspired with fellow employees and co-defendants Ashley Cravens, 29, Ulysses, and Amber Gutierrez, 32, Ulysses, who both pleaded guilty in November to stealing money from the bank.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, from 2008 to July 24, 2010, while Cravens worked at Western State Bank in Ulysses, she and the two co-defendants embezzled approximately $84,200. Cravens also admitted that on July 24, 2010, she aided and abetted a staged bank robbery.

From late 2010 to March 2013, the three stole another $24,450 from the bank.

Hattie Wiginton, 33, Ulysses, also is a co-defendant in the case.

Wiginton is accused of making false statements to the FBI, including false claims that she did not know who robbed the bank, that there were two robbers and that one of the robbers was a male with an Hispanic accent.

All four defendants are accused of creating falsified cash deposit slips and depositing funds into their own accounts.

Cravens is set for sentencing Feb. 7, and Gutierrez is set for sentencing Feb. 4.

Wiginton was charged with two counts of embezzlement by a bank employee, one count of bank robbery and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. She is set for jury trial Jan. 21.

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