Prison Sentence Fashioned For Pregnant CU Embezzler

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MOBILE, Ala. – A federal judge last week fashioned a sentenced for a former branch specialist for America’s First FCU, convicted of stealing $135,000 from the credit union, which allows the newly pregnant woman to avoid having her baby in jail while still forcing her to serve time behind bars.

Danielle Winkler, who recently found out she is pregnant, was convicted of bank fraud in April. She will begin serving a four-month prison term immediately.

After she gets out of prison, Winkler will be on supervised release for 5 years, during which she could be sent back to prison if she fails to follow the rules set by the U.S. Probation Office.

Winkler, 29, was ordered to pay $5,000 restitution to the credit union and $126,259 to the credit union’s insurance company.

She admitted to stealing $135,000 through 164 withdrawals from member accounts in what prosecutors labeled a personal “Ponzi scheme.”

 

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