Brighton woman facing embezzlement charges

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A 52-year-old woman from Brighton is being charged with embezzlement from the St. Johnsbury Center branch of Passumpsic Bank.

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Police say that on Monday, Janet Katalina was charged with two counts of embezzlement.

On August 20, Passumpsic Bank Officials from the St. Johnsbury Center Branch reported to the Vermont State Police that she embezzled money from the Bank’s own accounts, not a customer’s account. 

Katalina held the position of Accounting Analyst and Payroll Specialist. She was terminated from the bank on August 19, 2015. 
 
Bank Officials determined and police say the investigation confirmed that Katalina first embezzled $734.00 on December 19, 2014, by cashing in her annual leave without actually adjusting her annual leave balance. She oversaw this data as the payroll specialist.

Police say the investigation revealed that Katalina took steps to hide what she had done, including not filing certain forms with the bank’s human resource office. 
 
According to a statement issued by police, she also paid $27,781.36 toward her personal credit card using a Passumpsic Bank Treasure’s Check. The money was from one of the bank’s own account and not from any customer accounts. They say she took steps in hiding this embezzlement by transferring funds from several of the bank’s own accounts. An audit done by the bank uncovered both embezzlements. 
 
She has an arraignment date of November 9, 2015.

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