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* BEAVER, Pa. (10/21/11)--Shirley A. Howl, 56, of New Brighton, Pa., pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling $400,000 from the West-Aircomm FCU, Beaver, Pa. Howl, who was lead teller at the credit union, was charged with one count of making a false entry in financial institution records. Court records alleged she overstated the amount of money in a cash dispensing machine by $130,000. Howl was in charge of three ATMs and allegedly adjusted log entries showing how much cash was in the ATMs, destroyed portions of paper tapes that recorded transactions and told other employees to throw away backup tapes. She also allegedly shifted funds to disguise the actions before annual cash counts. In late 2009, she was out of the office during the cash count, and employees discovered $400,000 missing (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Oct. 18) …


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