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Kingsport woman embezzles $420 K from credit union

July 11th, 2014 9:53 am by Rain Smith

Kingsport woman embezzles $420 K from credit union

Tamra Vance Robinson

A former teller at a Kingsport credit union has been sentenced to federal prison for plundering nearly a half million dollars through phony withdrawal, ATM and vault records.

According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Tamra Vance Robinson, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Greeneville. She'll now serve 33 months behind bars, followed by three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $420,000 in restitution.

In March, Robinson pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury indictment, charging her with embezzlement from TVA Employees Credit Union, 2518 East Stone Drive. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Robinson was employed at the branch from 1998 up until the discovery of missing funds in September of 2011.

Robinson's embezzlement reportedly began in April of 2008. Prosecutors say she created a fictitious teller drawer to conceal withdrawals of cash, along with manipulating the credit union's records on the receipt and disbursement of coins and currency.

In pleading guilty, Robinson also admitted to making false entries in the books and records for the vault, teller ledgers, teller drawers and an ATM. In total, an approximate $420,000 was embezzled.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith, who represented the United States in the case, an investigation into the embezzlement never located the stolen funds.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Robinson was the result of an investigation by the TVA Employees Credit Union corporate security staff and FBI.

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