Marion banker sentenced for embezzlement

By Steve Gonzalez | May 17, 2005

Laura Lee Marrs, 28, of Carlyle, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Benton, to 18 months imprisonment; five years supervised release, and ordered to pay $110,750 in restitution for embezzling $106,000 from the Southern Illinois University Credit Union.

Marrs, a branch manager of the credit union in Marion, had previously pleaded guilty to a one-count federal indictment for stealing from about Jan. 1, 2002, to Feb. 4, 2003.

The embezzlement was discovered on Feb. 5, 2003, when Southern Illinois University Credit Union staff conducted a surprise audit of its Marion branch.

Marrs received an enhanced sentence because she abused a position of trust at the Credit Union.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney George Norwood.

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