Former Lenox National Bank teller sentenced for embezzlement

by Jonathan Adams

A former Lenox National Bank teller has been sentenced federal prison for her part in an embezzlement scheme at the bank where she worked for 24 years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston announced.

Melissa K. Scolforo, 48, of Lee, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Mark G. Mastroianni to serve 10 months, followed by three years of supervised release and restitution payments of $378,000 (£305,802).

Scolforo pleaded guilty last May to one count of conspiring to embezzle more than $378,000 (£305,802) from the bank and concealing the crime through false bank ledger entries.

She conspired with a colleague, bank teller Bernadine Powers, to steal the money from teller drawers, according to the federal indictment. Scolforo’s thefts began in January 2009 and Powers joined the scheme about a year later.

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