CAMDEN, NJ —A former branch manager for Newfield National Bank in Franklinville, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for embezzling $263,864 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Season Wengert, 32, of Franklinville, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging her with one count of bank embezzlement. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Wengert worked as the bank manager at the Franklinville Branch of the Newfield National Bank. From Sept. 4, 2007, through Jan. 7, 2013, Wengert embezzled funds by fraudulently conducting online computer transfers of money from 38 accounts belonging to 23 customers into accounts owned by her or her husband. She also withdrew money from customers’ accounts and deposited it into her accounts. As branch manager, Wengert was able to conceal her embezzlement by failing to note the fraudulent withdrawals in the customers’ passbooks and by transferring money through various customers’ accounts to cover shortages. When customers sought to withdraw money from an account which had been embezzled, Wengert would then transfer money from another victim’s account to cover the withdrawal and conceal her fraudulent conduct. Wengert stole $263,864 for her own use.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Wengert to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of $261,654. U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Hanko in Philadelphia, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.