Former Bristol Bank Teller to Serve Time for Stealing From Accounts

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    The former bank teller convicted of stealing more than $178,000 from customer accounts at the Bristol bank where she worked has been sentenced to a year in prison.

    Michelle Laudato, 36, pleaded guilty to bank fraud last June after siphoning money from at least 18 CD counts, 13 of which belonged to customers in their 80s and 90s, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The thefts happened in 2009-2010, while Laudato was employed as a bank teller supervisor.

    Laudato was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by three years of supervised release during which time she’ll be required to perform 100 hours of community service to benefit the elderly, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    Laudato was also ordered to pay full restitution to the bank.

    Since she recently gave birth, her prison sentence is set to begin Feb. 25, 2015.