Woman gets time served for $10,000 bank theft

Posted March 12, 2012, at 4:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A former KeyBank teller who admitted to stealing $10,000 from her drawer over eight months after being pressured by her drug-addicted husband was sentenced Monday in federal court to time served, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Annamarie J. Skillings, 27, of Limerick was ordered by U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen to repay the money.

Skillings, who has no prior criminal history and two young children, was pressured by her husband, who is “addicted to heroin and opiates,” her public defender, Hilary Billings, said in a sentencing memorandum. “He was not working and he was depleting their marital funds to satisfy his drug habit.” He also threatened to take Skillings’ children, the attorney said.

Skillings, who pleaded guilty to bank theft in December, “is truly ashamed over what she has done,” Billings said.

Torresen gave Skillings four years of supervised release, with conditions she hand over her financial information and a DNA sample, submit to probation officer visits at any time and not incur new credit charges or apply for credit without permission from her supervising officer, federal court documents state.

Skillings, who was working as a KeyBank client services manager at the bank’s Kennebunk branch, had faced a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

The theft was discovered on July 18, 2011, when an unscheduled audit of Skillings’ drawer was conducted, according to the prosecution version of events. In an interview that same day, Skillings admitted to a bank investigator that she had been stealing from her drawer between the summer or fall of 2010 and July 2011, and had taken steps to conceal her crime, according to the documents.

Information about what efforts she made to cover up her actions were not revealed in court documents.

Skillings has since divorced her husband, Billings said.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this article.

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