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Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 18, 2012
  • Southern District of Mississippi (601) 965-4480

GULFPORT, MS—Debra Mitchell, a/k/a Debra Wessleman, a/k/a Debra Spence, 43, of Carriere, Mississippi, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen announced.

Mitchell worked as a teller for Union Planters Bank (later Regions Bank) in Picayune, Mississippi. She admitted that, from April 2004 through February 2005, she took bank funds for her own use, which had been fraudulently embezzled by another bank employee. More than $117,000 was taken from the bank.

Mitchell will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sul Ozerden on March 18, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

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