Former bank employee sentenced to more than 3 years for embezzlement, fraud

A former Columbus SunTrust Bank employee was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison on embezzlement and fraud charges, federal court records state.

Tracey R. Pearson initially faced 15 counts of theft by a bank employee and four counts of aggravated identity theft. She pleaded guilty in December to two counts: theft/embezzlement/misapplication by a bank officer and fraud with identification documents. The remaining charges against her were dropped, records state.

On April 9, U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land sentenced Pearson to three years and three months in prison. She also was ordered to pay $76,822.04 in restitution, documents state.

Pearson’s indictment states that she stole money from customers while employed at SunTrust between October 2006 and August 2008.