Personal Banker At Earthmover CU Convicted Of Stealing $350,000 From Dormant Accounts
DECATUR, Ill. – A former personal banker for Earthmover CU this week pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 from the accounts of mostly elderly, sick and deceased members and gambling away the money.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Tina Flinn, 43, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to repay the stolen funds.
Flinn, who worked for the credit union for 11 years, was a personal banker at the credit union’s Forsyth branch assigned to the accounts from which she stole the funds, which occurred between March 2007 and last August. She was fired on Aug. 31.
Flinn gambled away the money she stole, according to authorities. One credit union member saw Flinn losing a large amount of money at video poker machines and reported that to the institution’s officials.
Flinn stole money from at least 20 dormant accounts, the type of accounts that are not closely monitored. When an account of a person who had recently died was found to be short, Flinn would admit a mistake was made and correct it with money stolen from other accounts.