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Former bank manager gets suspended sentence

March 01, 2007

A former branch manager at Washington County Teachers Credit Union was sentenced Wednesday to pay restitution and serve probation.

Cynthia Ann Wigfield, of 10 Hopewell Road, Apt. L, in Williamport, pleaded guilty to one count of theft scheme of $500 or more in December 2006. Twenty other charges were dropped.

On Wednesday, Wigfield was sentenced to a suspended year of imprisonment and three years probation. She must pay $575.50 in fines and costs, and $1,232 in restitution, according to court documents.

A charging document alleges Wigfield changed the credit union's balances from one business day to the next, and she stole the difference in cash.

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The CEO of the credit union, Steve Ebersole, said the losses were $19,714.90, according to the document.

The Herald-Mail reported that Wigfield's attorney, Jerry Joyce, said Wigfield contended the amount was about $6,000.

Wigfield said that somebody took her coat from the courtroom during Wednesday's hearing.

"She says, 'It's ironic. I was here for a theft, and somebody went and stole my coat while I was in court,'" Hagerstown Police Department Officer Wayne Smith said.

The leather coat valued at $25 was not recovered, and Smith said Wednesday afternoon that police had no suspects.

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