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Woman embezzles from bank to pay shopping bills

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A woman has been sentenced to prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a southwestern Minnesota bank where she had worked in a scheme that drained more than $1 million from the institution, the Star Tribune reports.

Barbara Kaye Rechtzigel, 48, of Belview, Minn., is slated to begin her two-year prison term on Feb. 4 in Waseca, Minn., the newspaper reports.

Prosecutors said Rechtzigel from 1998 to June 2012 as a manager at Minnwest Bank in Belview, siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from CD accounts of customers. They say she used the money to pay off shopping debts.

A U.S. Attorney's Office press release says that Rechtzigel created false paperwork to make bank customers believe their CDs were being renewed and earning interest. Actually, she was stealing and spending the money.

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