'Stupid decision' by ex-bank worker in Lakeville to steal $95K leads to jail

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2013 - 9:00 PM

 

Lakeville bank employee Leah M. Bremner told a colleague she was prepared to “pay the consequence” after being fired for discrepancies in her paperwork.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Farmington woman learned her consequence for stealing $95,000 from the bank. A Dakota County District Court judge sentenced Bremner to 30 days in jail and another 90 days under home monitoring. She’ll also have to pay back what she stole.

Bremner, former lead teller supervisor, pleaded guilty in July to felony theft by swindle. The thefts occurred from May 2010 until a bank officer challenged her about them about five months later.

When the officer brought up to Bremner discrepancies in her paperwork, she confessed. “The bank official said that [Bremner] was distraught, hysterical, crying and rocking back and forth in her chair,” read the criminal complaint.

The next day, Bremner e-mailed a colleague, writing that she was fired for her “stupid decision. … How could I have done this! … I am starting to face the reality of what I did, and it is something I will have to pay the consequence, for which I am prepared to do.”

Bremner told authorities that her husband had recently lost his job and they were having financial problems.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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