Steamboat Springs bank teller pleads guilty
December 10, 2008
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. ” The second of two Steamboat Springs bank tellers accused of stealing about $1.3 million from customers’ accounts has pleaded guilty.
Pamela Jean Williams entered her plea Tuesday to felony theft and forgery charges.
Under a plea agreement approved by Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht, any prison term Williams receives will be capped at 10 years.
Williams was due to stand trial in February; she originally pleaded not guilty Aug. 13 to five counts each of felony theft and forgery.
Authorities say Williams and fellow Alpine Bank teller Terri Dawn Moody Fatka hand-picked customers who kept poor track of their accounts and used forged documents to steal money from them a little at a time for two years.
Williams and Fatka spent some of the money on lavish Las Vegas vacations, cars and jewelry.
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Fatka pleaded guilty to four counts each of felony theft and forgery on June 23 and was sentenced to eight years in prison. She also must serve five years of parole after her release and pay a yet-to-be determined amount of restitution.
Williams’ sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 9.