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Former Edinburg banker sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for bank fraud

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A former Edinburg banker who admitted to stealing more than $1 million from customer accounts during an eight-year span was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison on Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

Cynthia Luna Rodriguez,45, was sentenced to 85 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty in January 2018.

A forensic audit found approximately $1.3 million was taken from six customer accounts beginning from at least January 2006 to August 2014.

The accounts belonged to customers who Rodriguez interacted with directly while she was employed at Plains Capital Bank— formerly First National Bank— in Edinburg, including elderly individuals whom had limited access to the bank and others who lived outside of the country and were not likely to monitor their accounts.

At the time of her plea, Rodriguez acknowledged she committed “two counts of bank fraud and one count of embezzlement that occurred over eight years," according to the news release.

Rodriguez remains on bond and will have to voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility in the near future. The FBI conducted the investigation.

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