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Deborah Fry

Deborah Fry

Ash Flat, Ark. — Former FNBC vice president Deborah Fry today pled guilty to theft of property from the bank and avoided jail time with a sentence of 84 months probation .
Fry, 41, who was accused of stealing $36,555 from First National Banking Co. (FNBC) of Ash Flat, where she was employed, has been ordered by the court to make restitution with an immediate payment of $31,000 and installment payments of $250 per month until the amount stolen is returned.
Fry appeared in Sharp County Circuit Court today for a motions hearing prior to going to trial next month.
Fry was arrested last fall after FNBC officials noticed that money was missing. Fry admitted to taking money from the bank when interviewed by the Arkansas State Police. She is accused of taking money from 2007 through 2012. She told police that she had been taking money “for several years but could not positively identify when she started or how much she had taken”.
As a vice president at FNBC Fry was in charge of advertising and marketing, and she admitted using her access to accounts to pay “shoppers” who evaluated branch bank performance as a means of taking the money. This was contained in her arrest probable cause affidavit filed by the Arkansas State Police. To see this document click HERE.
Fry, by pleading guilty today, avoided a possible jail sentence of from five to 20 years for a Class B felony theft of property worth more than $25,000 and a $15,000 fine.

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