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      Bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

      Betty Lee Johnson, 40, of Bennettsville, pled guilty Tuesday in federal court to Theft by Bank Employee, according to United States Attorney Bill Nettles.

      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 Johnson'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.

      Nettles stated the maximum penalty Johnson can receive is a fine of one million dollars and/or imprisonment for 30 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

      The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.