A former bank teller has been given a six-year judicial diversion after she admitted to stealing $18,000 from Security Federal Savings Bank over a three-month span.
Morgan Brett Martin, 28, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to the charge of theft in Circuit Court before Judge Bart Stanley. The judicial diversion means she will avoid serving any jail time provided she gets in no further trouble during her six-year probationary period and repays the money she stole.
It was agreed Martin pay $18,000 restitution to Security Federal at payments of $250 per month for six years.
She was indicted by the Warren County grand jury this April for theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000. The thefts reportedly took place between July 18, 2017 and Oct. 5, 2017.
Prosecutors say this mirrors most cases of theft they have seen where an employee steals from his or her employer. The person initially starts by taking only a small amount of money, and often plans to pay it back when they are in better financial shape. However, when the theft goes undetected, they steal again until the behavior spirals out of control.