Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that BETTY LEE JOHNSON was sentenced today in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for bank embezzlement, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 656. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence sentenced BETTY LEE JOHNSON to 33 month imprisonment, $206,500.00 in restitution; 5 years supervised release and $100.00 special assessment.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Johnson worked for First Citizens Bank as a teller in the Bank's Clio branch. A surprise audit conducted on December 15, 2011, revealed that the defendant's bank drawer and the vault were missing $206,500.00. The investigation revealed that Johnson had been embezzling money from June 2006 to May 2011.