Bookkeeper sentenced for bank fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former bookkeeper has been sentenced to 27 months in prison on charges of manipulating a bank’s computer system to steal more than $250,000.

The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Jackson say Lindsay Welch of Harrisville was also sentenced Thursday to five years supervised release. Welch was a bookkeeper at Copiah Bank in Hazlehurst.

Welch pleaded guilty to bank fraud last September.

Prosecutors say she manipulated the computer system to increase her home equity line of credit from $15,000 to $350,000 without permission.

Prosecutors say she withdrew more than $250,000 from that line of credit and bought, among other things, four different automobiles for herself and family.

The Associated Press