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Woman pleads guilty to bank embezzlement

Ashley Stanford sentenced to 1 year, 1 day in prison

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Woman pleads guilty to bank embezzlement

A Statesboro woman pled guilty to embezzlement and must report to prison for a year, as well as pay restitution of more than $260,000.

Ashley Stanford, 42, Columbus Drive, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Statesboro after entering a guilty plea to one count of embezzling a financial institution, according to court documents provided to the Statesboro Herald by Alice Ball, legal secretary with the United States Attorney’s Office in Savannah.

The documents state Stanford, “beginning Jan. 2013 through Oct. 2015,” used information obtained through her working with Heritage Bank of the South (now Renasant Bank) to embezzle $262.533.30 from the bank.

 The court information documents stated Stanford, “with intent to injure and defraud Heritage Bank, did knowingly embezzle, purloin and willfully misapply more than $1,000.”

After entering a guilty plea to one count of embezzlement of a financial institution, Stanford was sentenced to a year (12 months and a day) in prison.

She must report before 2 p.m. June 1 to a Federal Bureau of Prisons satellite camp in Marianna, Fla. to begin the sentence, and after her release, she will be on supervised probation for three years.

Stanford must also pay restitution and, without probation officer approval, cannot open any lines of credit or make new credit charges;  open more than one bank account or work at a financial institution where she can get access to credit or personal information, the documents said.

Stanford, who previously worked with Sea Island Bank, was not immediately available for comment Friday. She has served in the past on the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as co-chair of the Special Events Committee; was a member of Professional Women of Statesboro and an active supporter of United Way, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.

She was also a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church. She and her husband Scott have two children.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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