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Export woman sentenced for embezzlement

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 10:10 p.m.

An Export woman has been sentenced in federal court after being convicted of bank embezzlement.

Julie A. Brinker, 26, of 5776 Lincoln Ave., was sentenced to five years' supervised release and ordered to pay $19,100 in restitution by Senior U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Cessar, Brinker embezzled the money while employed as a teller at the Millers Run branch office of Mellon Bank. In 1999, she was charged by state police at Greensburg with stealing $5,600 from a customer's savings account. A separate investigation conducted by Mellon Bank's internal security allegedly discovered two other instances in which Brinker apparently deducted money from customers' accounts.

Brinker pleaded guilty in federal court in February. The law, in such a case, provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, or both.

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