Lenox man sentenced to prison for embezzlement

The former VP of Lenox National Bank pleaded guilty in July

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Joseph E. Leskovitz was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for embezzling more than $150,000 from the Lenox National Bank.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the 53-year-old Lenox man pleaded guilty in July of 2016 to three counts of embezzlement of bank funds and one count of money laundering. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 22 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $154,783 in restitution.

From 2009 to 2014, Leskovitz was the vice president of Lenox National Bank, which was acquired in 2015 by Adams Community Bank. Ortiz said he stole money from certificates of deposits, and “opened a loan in the name of a family member without the family member’s knowledge and stole the loan proceeds.”

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen L. Goodwin of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.