June 19, 2018
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Old Town woman pleads guilty to embezzling from bank customers

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town woman waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to embezzling between $20,000 and $30,000 from Bangor Savings Bank last year.

Karen L. Lebreton, 44, admitted to U.S. District Judge John Woodcock that between Dec. 15, 2008, and Nov. 6, 2009, she diverted money from the accounts of at least three customers for her own use.

Lebreton was released Wednesday on personal recognizance bail.

A sentencing date on the federal charge of theft by a bank employee has not been set.

Lebreton worked as a customer service representative for Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor, according to court documents. The exact location where she carried out the thefts was not revealed in court documents.

She told investigators that she overrode the savings accounts of certain customers and then requested that a teller withdraw the funds in the form of a cashier’s check, according to court documents. The investigation revealed that in 2009 Lebreton deposited six cashier’s checks totaling $22,500 into her account at the Penobscot County Credit Union.

A possible motive for the theft was not outlined in court documents.

Lebreton faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. She is expected to be ordered to pay restitution.

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