Former Lenox bank teller sentenced for embezzlement

Another teller was also charged with embezzling from Lenox National Bank

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 41-year-old woman from Becket was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield in connection with embezzling from the Lenox National Bank in Lenox.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts, Bernadine M. Powers was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $299,793 in restitution.

In September of 2016, Powers pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle funds from a bank. Ortiz said Powers and Melissa Scolforo, another bank teller at Lenox National Bank, “embezzled money from the teller drawers and made false entries in bank records to hide the thefts.”

Related: Ex-teller denies embezzling from Lenox bank

Powers and Scolforo stole a total of $378,000. Ortiz said Scolforo started stealing money in January of 2009, and Powers joined the scheme about a year later. The embezzlement was discovered during a bank audit in November of 2013.

Scolforo pleaded guilty to the same charge against Powers, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 30, 2017.

Lenox National Bank was eventually acquired by Adams Community Bank.

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 on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen L. Goodwin of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.