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Bank manager sentenced for $400k theft

A woman who embezzled  $400,000 from the bank she managed in North Idaho for 12 years is to spend 2 1/2 years in prison.

Mary Ann Head, 59, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty in December to making false entries in the books and records of a federally insured financial institution - Bank of America in Hayden Lake.

In addition to 30 months in prison, Head will be on probation for five years after prison and is to pay $400,000 restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.

Head began misappropriating ATM funds in 1997 to cover overdraft fees for a longtime customer, according to court documents.

The man never repaid her the $100,000, starting a series of financial discrepancies that soon became a routine way for Head to pay her credit card debt.

Head lived with heavy stress for years as she deceived the bank, but that “pales in comparison to the enormous shame and sadness that weighs upon her.”

Head was caught in December 2009 when the bank installed a new ATM.

Her life has since unraveled.

“She has lost all of her friends as news of her case spread through the community,” according to her sentencing memorandum. She has sold her home in an effort to have money to pay toward restitution and currently lives in a motel…Her husband has moved to New Mexico to look for work and left her alone in Idaho to wait for sentencing.”

Head had no criminal history when she began stealing money from the bank. She has two children ages 37 and 23 and married her husband, Ricky Head, in 1972. She started at the bank as a part-time teller in 1993 and has never worked anywhere else, according to court documents.

Cop responding to alarm busts ATM theft

A police officer responding to an alarm interrupted in ATM burglary in progress early today, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Officer Paul Buchmann arrived at the Washington Trust Bank ATM at 4500 S. Regal about 1:45 a.m. and saw two men by the machine who ran east when they saw him.

Buchmann (pictured) discovered the ATM had been burglarized. Backup officers arrived 7 minutes later and officers tracked the suspects to a home in the 4200 block of East 34th Avenue.

Sean W. McNally, 22, and Kiel A. Frey, 20, were arrested for second-degree burglary, police said.

Ex-bank manager admits $400k theft

A North Idaho woman who embezzled from the bank she worked at for more than a decade has been ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution.

Mary A. Head, 58, pleaded guilty Wednesday to making false entries in the books and records of a federally insured financial institution.

Head faces up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and five years of probation when she's sentenced Feb. 27 by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Coeur d'Alene. She is not in custody.

Head worked at Bank of America, 162 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden Lake, from 1993 to 2009 and was the assistant branch manager and banking center manager.

In 1997 she was given control of the ATM and charged with balancing the machine on a regular basis. That's when she started taking money from the ATM “and used it for a variety of purposes,” according to a grand jury indictment filed in March.

In September 2009, Head's control over the ATM changed because the bank installed a new imaging machine. Three months later, she was confronted about discrepancies in the books, records and ATM statements and admitted embezzling money.

Man with 12+ felony cases sentenced

A man charged with more than 12 felonies within seven months is headed to prison for 10 years after a hearing recently in Spokane County Superior Court.

George W. Butrick, 33, still has not resolved a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm but did resolve about a dozen cases last week when he pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

He was ordered to pay $1,325 restitution and and serve 129 months in prison.

Butrick was arrested in fall 2009 after stealing an ATM from a convenience store but posted bail on about a dozen charges a couple months later. He was arrested again in February after threatening a bail bondmen at gunpoint, and he was also charged in a violent home-invasion robbery that targeted a woman with a safe full of cash in January.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Feds: Ex-bank manager embezzled $500k

A former North Idaho bank manager is accused of stealing $514,000 over a 12-year period.

Mary A. Head is charged with false entries, a federal felony that carries a maximum 30 years in prison.

Head worked at Bank of America, 162 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden Lake, from 1993 to 2009 and was the assistant branch manager and banking center manager.

In 1997 she was given control of the ATM and charged with balancing the machine on a regular basis. That's when she started taking money from the ATM “and used it for a variety of purposes,” according to the indictment.

In September 2009, Head's control over the ATM changed because the bank installed a new imaging machine. Three months later, she was confronted about discrepancies in the books, records and ATM statements and admitted embezzling more than $500,000, according to the indictment.

Along with the criminal charge, Head is being asked to forfeit the stolen money. She is not in custody.

A smiliar indictment was returned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. 

Melissa K. Garcia is accused of stealing $5,000 from U.S. Bank in Othello in July 2006. She's charged with bank embezzlement, which carries a maximum 30 years in prison.

Condom machine stolen in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A burglar who broke into vacant sports bar in Bellingham got away with a condom machine.

Police spokesman Mark Young also says an ATM machine was damaged in the break-in early Tuesday at the old Quarterback Pub. It's been closed for more than a year and fixtures are being auctioned.

The Bellingham Herald reports an auction company employee discovered the burglary. It's unknown if any condoms were left in the machine.

Drug-addicted ATM thief gets 2 years

A longtime felon will serve about two years in prison for a rash of ATM thefts in early 2009 that the court ruled was driven by his drug addiction.

Keith G. Simpson, 44, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree theft and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.

The plea deal approved Tuesday mandates drug treatment in prison and dropped 15 additional burglary, theft and malicious mischief charges.

Simpson already is serving 27 months for various property crimes.

The charges are connected to a January 2009 crime spree in which Simpson and his alleged accomplice, Christopher S. Carden, crashed vehicles into storefronts, then towed away the expensive ATMs and looted them of thousands of dollars in cash. Carden, 36, is in jail awaiting trial.

Along with Simpson and Carden, Mychal L. Wahl, 20, is charged with three counts of first-degree theft for alleged ATM heists at Five Mile Heights Pizza and the Double Dribble Tavern.

Tips, fingerprints, surveillance photos and detective work led investigators to identify the suspects, documents show.

When police showed Simpson a surveillance photo from one of the heists and asked him who was in it, he said, according to court documents:”That looks like me. That looks a lot like me!”

Simpson’s prior convictions include possession of and trafficking of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, first- and second-degree theft, city theft, identity theft, second-degree burglary, DUI and probation violations, according to Crime Stoppers.

Read more about ATM thefts here.

3 charged with early ‘09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. 

The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string of ATM thefts in early 2009. Three men have been charged in connection with eight of the early 2009 burglaries, but the later burglaries remain mostly unsolved except for two incidents in December connected to a 33-year-old Spokane man.

Tips, fingerprints, surveillance photos and detective work led investigators to identify longtime felon Keith G. Simpson, 44, (left) and Christopher S. Carden, 36, as suspects in the earlier spree.

The men are charged with 20 counts of theft, burglary and malicious mischief for eight hits on businesses between Jan. 4 and Jan. 20, 2009.

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