A former credit union assistant vice president was sentencedlast week to two and half years in federal prison for embezzling$826,000 from the $223 million Pantex Federal Credit Union inBorger, Texas to buy “toys” for her late husband.

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U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo, Texasordered Dorothy Stegall Barnes, 57, of Fritch, Texas, who also went bythe last name of Newman, to pay restitution totaling $797,336 andserve five years of supervised release following her prisonsentence.

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Stegall pleaded guilty in September to embezzlement.

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Court documents did not specify what kinds of toys Barnes boughtwith the funds she had been stealing from the credit union fromSeptember 1996 to November 2010.

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When CU Times asked the federal prosecutor JoshuaJerome Frausto to specify the toys Barnes purchased with stolencredit union funds, Kathy Colvin, a public information officer forthe U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas, saidthe information was not part of the public record and would notexplain why it was not part of the public record.

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Nevertheless, court documents provided details about how Barnes'embezzlement was exposed and how she managed to embezzle $826,000over 14 years.

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The fraud was uncovered in the summer of 2014 after Barnes toldPresident/CEO Cliff Murley that a teller suddenly quit. Afterinstructing Barnes to count the money in the teller's vault, shelater told the CEO the drawer of the teller who suddenly quit was$380,000 short.

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A day later, however, an auditor found a transaction traced toBarnes in which she made a transfer of $826,000 in her tellervault. Barnes then admitted to stealing the $826,000 but denied anyinvolvement in the missing $380,000.

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According to court documents, Barnes told investigators sheembezzled funds in different ways. At first, she took cash from herdrawer or vault and deposited it into her personal account atAmarillo National Bank, and paid her personal bills from thataccount.

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She also paid her bills using official Pantex checks, makingsure they were under $10,000. Barnes made it look as though anothermember brought in cash to purchase the official credit unionchecks, according to court documents.

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Federal prosecutors said in court documents that Barnes alsocreated fake cash-in tickets for her drawer or vault. Since no cashactually came in, however, this created a shortage in her drawer,which she had to conceal on her cash counts.

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Whenever she was audited, Barnes created a transfer entrybetween her drawer and her vault after the first one was countedbut before the second one was counted to make it appear everythingbalanced, according to court documents.

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