Ex-Loan Officer Gets Year-Long Sentence

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HELENA, Mont. – Ben Diveley, 34, has been ordered to pay $88,818 in restitution and spend the next year in prison after being found guilty of embezzlement, money laundering and identity theft in connection with his job as a loan officer at Helena Community CU here.

He will also serve five years probation after release.

Diveley pleaded guilty to all three charges against him. A five-year employee of HCCU, Diveley stole the money by approving a line of credit from which he could made withdrawals. Diveley reportedly circumvented the credit union’s security measures against such internal fraud by using a co-worker’s PC and issuing the check to himself.

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