HAMMOND | A Crown Point woman pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to embezzling from her former employer.
Jeannie M. Bellar, 44, admitted to stealing $17,000 from First Financial Bank, where she had been employed for several years.
“Ms. Bellar is a former associate who worked at our Schererville location,” First Financial spokeswoman Jenny Keighley said. “Beyond that, it is our corporate policy not to discuss any information related to current or former associates.”
According to the plea agreement, Bellar made the following admission: “As part of my duties, I had the authority to withdraw cash from certain accounts for the purpose of relaying said cash to the designated customers. At some time during 2012, I began fraudulently preparing withdrawal slips indicating customer withdrawals of cash, when in fact I knew that I had no authority to do those specific withdrawals, and was really illegally withdrawing cash and converting it to my own use.”
Bellar is required make full restitution to the bank. Her sentencing is set for April 11 before U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano.