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More than $325,000 Stolen From Owego Bank

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Federal prosecutors say three former employees of a Tioga County bank office have admitted stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars over a seven-year period.

Authorities say two Owego women and an Athens, Pennsylvania, woman have pleaded guilty to felony bank embezzlement.

According to U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian, the women admitted stealing money from the Chemung Canal Trust Company office at 203 Main Street in Owego between December 2004 and September 2011.

Officials say 54-year-old Megan Horton of Owego, the former branch manager, admitted she took more than $200,000; 43-year-old Gwenn Gooding of Owego, the former head teller, admitted she stole more than $100,000; and 38-year-old Shannon Moore of Athens, a former teller, admitted stealing more than $25,000.

Horton and Gooding entered their pleas in United States District Court today. Moore’s plea occurred December 21.

The thefts were discovered in an audit of the bank branch after the flood of September 2011.

Moore is scheduled to be sentenced April 23. Gooding is to be sentenced May 4 and Horton’s sentencing is set for May 7.

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