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Bank manager charged with embezzling $1.1M found dead in Eagan

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A bank manager charged with embezzling over $1.1 million has been found dead at her home in Eagan.

The Star Tribune reports that Cynthia Van Dusartz, 55, apparently hanged herself in her garage Sunday, after being charged on Feb. 29 in U.S. District Court with one count of felony embezzlement by a bank officer or employee.

She was accused of stealing $1,114,205 from customers of Anchor Bank in West St. Paul, which she managed, having already been charged in December with four counts of theft by swindle for withdrawing more than $640,000 from a single customer's account.

According to the Pioneer Press, her husband Joseph Van Dusartz told police he'd received a text message from his wife three hours before he found her body, and said she was scheduled to meet with a federal prosecutor about her case.

Van Dusartz is alleged to have siphoned money into a line of credit she'd set up years earlier, and then made withdrawals at various ATMs, including casinos in Welch, Minnesota, and Las Vegas, the paper notes.

The charging documents say shortly after a customer contacted the bank saying he was missing money, Van DuSartz told him she would look into it, before proceeding to leave the bank.

She was fired that same day having spent almost 30 years working there, WCCO notes.

The TV station reports she left a note for her husband, two daughters, her family and friends.

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