State Bank Manager pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

| August 19, 2015

Law

MACON — A former assistant State Bank manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal embezzlement charge.

Lindi D. Vickers, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of misapplication by a bank employee stemming from allegations she transferred $263,700 out of customers’ accounts without their permission between 2010 and 2014, placing the money in accounts under her control.

Vickers, who entered her plea at the federal courthouse in Macon, will remain free on bond until her Nov. 3 sentencing.

She faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, $1 million fine and five years of supervised release.

Vickers has agreed to pay $273,420 restitution as part of a plea agreement, an amount that includes compensation State Bank paid to customers and interest, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon said during Tuesday’s hearing.

The plea agreement also includes a provision that Vickers will be prohibited from working at another federally insured bank or financial institution, he said.

As part of the hearing, McCommon read aloud portions of the agreement, including a list of facts prosecutors would present at trial:

Vickers was hired Jan. 27, 2006, by Security Bank which was later acquired by State Bank. At the time of her August 15, 2014 termination, she was the assistant manager at State Bank’s Forsyth Road branch.

Her termination stemmed from Vickers signing checks and sending wire transfers without approval — a violation of bank policy.

The embezzlement that brought about Vickers’ May 21 arrest was discovered after a customer complained about $15,000 missing from an account. The discovery came after her firing.

Authorities found that Vickers had made 57 phone transfers, moving money from three customers’ accounts without their knowledge or permission, placing the money into accounts in the names of her husband, brother and friend that she created without their permission.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors are dismissing 56 other counts of misapplication by a bank employee.

The specific count to which Vickers pleaded guilty alleges she transferred $15,000 from a customer’s account to a State Bank account in her brother’s name on Aug. 15, 2014, and three days later transferred $3,000 from her brother’s account to the “Lindi D. Vickers Vacation Account,” according to the plea agreement.

Vickers transferred another $3,000 to her vacation account Sept. 4.

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