WILLIAMSPORT — A former employee of the Montoursville Area Federal Credit Union who admitted embezzling about $31,000 over a seven-month period in 2009 will be on probation for three years.

U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III today told Dora M. Kaiser, 71, of Montoursville, he understood the circumstances of the case when he sentenced her to a day in jail, which she previously served, followed by three years of supervised release.

Senior Judge Malcolm Muir, who had the case originally, found in September Kaiser had taken the money because she feared for her grandson’s life because he owed drug debts.

She had told the FBI she used poor judgment but “all I wanted to do was save his life.”

Kaiser was fired Sept. 8, 2009, the same day she admitted to examiners she had taken money from the vault. She made full restitution that Sept. 30.

When interviewed by the FBI, the grandson admitted he received money to satisfy drug debts and to support his heroin addiction, but denied he was threatened by dealers.

Kaiser was facing 6 to 12 months in prison before Jones varied from the sentencing guidelines.

 

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