Western Kansan woman sentenced for bank embezzlement

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 8.14.56 PMWICHITA – A former bank employee was sentenced Wednesday to three years federal probation for embezzling from a bank in Grant County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today in a news release. She was ordered to pay $24,450 restitution to the bank.

Linda Wise, 60, Ulysses, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a bank. In her plea, she admitted that from late 2010 to March 2013 while she worked at Western State Bank in Ulysses, she embezzled money from the bank.

Subsequent to July 24, 2010, she conspired with fellow employees and co-defendants Ashley Cravens and Amber Gutierrez to steal money from the bank. From late 2010 to March 2013, the three stole a total of $24,450 from the bank.

Co-defendants are:

Amber Gutierrez, 32, Ulysses, Kan., who is set for sentencing March 13.

Ashley Cravens, 29, Ulysses, Kan., who is set for sentencing March 13.

Hattie Wiginton, 33, Ulysses, Kan., who is set for sentencing March 24.


The case was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Ulysses Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith.




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