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Former employee of Kansas bank sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for $2.5 million theft

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GIRARD, Kansas — A former employee of a southeast Kansas bank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million from her employer.

The U.S. Attorney announced 54-year-old Cynthia Bright, of Girard, was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud.

Bright admitted she took the money over 10 years while she was operations supervisor at Girard National Bank.

Prosecutors say Bright used several methods to steal the money. She wrote checks on her own accounts but altered records so the money wasn't taken from her account. She also altered records to post checks to other accounts and diverted funds from the bank's accounts to her own.

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