Jail, Probation, Payback For Former Bank Branch Manager
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A former bank branch manager has paid back the money she stole from her employer, but she must still pay her debt to society.
Shawn Hysell, of Rising Sun, was the branch manager at the United Community Bank on Stateline Road. She was arrested last September after she was found to have taken thousands of dollars from two customers’ accounts. Bank staff and law enforcement began to investigate when one customer complained that money was taken from an account without his authorization after being notified that he owed more than $13,000.
The second customer, who had received letters from Hysell calling her a “special” customer, had $3,000 taken from her account.
Hysell was in Dearborn Superior Court I on Friday to plead guilty and be sentenced. In an agreement reached with prosecutors, Hysell was convicted on two counts of Fraud on a Financial Institution (Class C felony) while two counts of Forgery (Class C felony) and two more Theft (Class D felony) charges were dismissed.
According to the sentencing order, Judge Jonathan Cleary ordered $17,104.77 that Hysell has paid to the Dearborn County Clerk of Courts will be released to United Community Bank.
The judge sentenced Hysell to five years split between jail, home incarceration, and probation. She will serve one year in prison with her earliest possible release date on February 4, 2015, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections. After being released, Hysell must go on 365 days on Southeast Regional Community Corrections home incarceration. Lastly is three years on probation.
Hysell was credited for four good time days served in jail following her arrest.
Then-president of UCB, Bill Ritzmann, stated following Hysell’s arrest that the bank was dealing with the actions isolated to a single employee who breached her duty to the bank and its customers. He said that the actions resulted in no financial loss to UCB customers.