EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A former southern Illinois bank worker who admits stealing more than $174,000 on the job largely to cover pilfering from a school charity is headed to prison.
A federal judge in East St. Louis has sentenced 38-year-old Michelle Knebel of Pocahantas to two years and nine months behind bars. She also must pay $149,622 in restitution.
Knebel pleaded guilty in August to bank fraud.
She was a bookkeeper for the Highland School Charitable Foundation when she began stealing from that fund. When the foundation decided in 2007 to close its account at First Mid-Illinois Bank where Knebel worked, she transferred money from the CD accounts of other customers to the charity's account.
Federal prosecutors say the bank has reimbursed the account holders.
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