Helena woman indicted for embezzling from workplace

The U.S. Attorney's Office issued this press release to detail the indictment of a Helena woman for allegedly embezzling $14,000 from a bank where she worked:

BIRMINGHAM - A federal grand jury today indicted a 33-year-old Helena woman for embezzling $14,000 from the bank where she worked, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton.

        HEATHER ACTON was charged in a one-count indictment filed today in U.S. District Court. Acton, who was employed by First American Bank in Shelby County, is accused of withdrawing money from one client's account in June 2007 and misapplying that money into the account of another bank customer. 

        The maximum sentence for the charge is 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

        Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Carney is prosecuting this case.

        Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.