Former married couple admit to defrauding Synovus

A former married couple admitted Thursday their scheme that cost Synovus close to $240,000.

Patricia Gayle Alexander, 41, and Douglas Brent Alexander, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land. Each could face 30 years in prison on the bank fraud charge and five years on the conspiracy count.

Authorities said Patricia Alexander, who used to work for Synovus, used bank funds to buy computer equipment that the company didn't need. She then passed it to her former husband, who turned it over to a friend who ran a pawn shop. The three then split the money made from the equipment's sale.

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