Branch Manager Convicted Of Lying On Time Sheet

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EPHRATA, Wash. – A former Granco FCU branch manager on Friday pleaded guilty to stealing more than $56,000 from the credit union by inflating his paycheck and vacation time.

Police learned about the scheme after responding to a report that Evan Jones planned to kill himself, according to a police report. They discovered a noose and a suicide note inside the house and Jones on the lawn.

When police asked why the 56-year-old branch manager wanted to kill himself, Jones admitted to stealing from the credit union and believed the board of directors was holding a meeting about him.

Jones added $1,000 to $2,000 a month to his paycheck between February and December 2009, costing the credit union $26,500, according to the police report. He also added $25,226 in vacation time to his paycheck without deducting it from his accrued time off, and cashed out 120 hours of vacation time he had not earned.

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