By Portia Williams
ASHLAND, Ky. — According U.S. Eastern District Court reports, Brenda Gammon, 41, of South Shore, Ky., and former Home Federal bank teller was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for the embezzlement of $829,600 from Home Federal Savings and Loan in Greenup County — Gammon’s former employer.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced Gammon to 30 months for embezzlement, with that term to run consecutively with a mandatory minimum two-year term for identity theft.
According to the US Attorney’s office, Gammon pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, to an information charging her with bank embezzlement and aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning. Gammon admitted to embezzlement of $829,600 during a time period of June 28, 2004, through July 18, 2012. Gammon worked as a teller, and later head teller, at the South Shore branch of Home Federal Savings and Loan, where the embezzlement took place.
Gammon further admitted that as a teller, she had access to the account and balance totals of customer accounts, and how frequently they accessed those accounts.
Using accounts that had significant deposits, Gammon would reportedly apply for share loans in those customers’ names, bypass the loan approval process, and approve the loans herself. She would then have checks issued and cash the checks herself. While no individual customer lost any money, South Shore Home Federal Savings and Loan did lose $829,600.
According to the US Attorney’s Eastern District, as part of her plea, Gammon agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $829,600.00. The aggravated identity theft count was based on Gammon using the identity of real customers in obtaining the money.
The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edwin J. Walbourn, III. Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Perrye Turner, Special Agent In Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly announced the guilty plea this week.
Regarding the aggravated identity theft charge, a mandatory sentence of two years, consecutive to the sentence for embezzlement, is required.
According to reports, Gammon is expected to begin serving her prison sentence May 19, 2014.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.