Kansas woman pleads guilty to stealing from bank customer

Theft was discovered after the account owner died

July 10, 2018 - 6:54 pm

Federal prosecutors say a Coffeyville woman pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McCallister said in a news release Tuesday that Phyllis Lanning, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Lanning admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville she created and mailed falsified documents to conceal her theft of $150,000 from a customer's account. She also diverted legitimate monthly statements to a post office box in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, that she controlled.

Lanning mailed fraudulent statements to the account owner. The theft was discovered after the account owner died and family members took control of the account.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.

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