A former bank CEO in Bude has been sentenced to six and a half years behind bars for money laundering.
Larry Barnette Hill, 58, of Meadville, Mississippi, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for money laundering and bank fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. Hill was also ordered to pay $1,243,703 in restitution to People's Bank of the South.
From 2004 through 2012, while serving as CEO of People's Bank of the South in Bude, Hill fraudulently withdrew money from the bank's Payroll Clearing Account and deposited those funds into the bank accounts of his family members and into a "shell" bank account he created for his own use. He also used the bank's credit card to pay personal expenses without the bank's authorization and he used third-party checks issued in the name of People's Bank for his own personal benefit including making payments on a personal loan at another bank.
Hill concealed his fraudulent activities by creating false general ledger tickets at the bank which appeared to be for bank expenses and inflating the bank's budget each month in order to cover up his embezzlement.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Office of Inspector General.
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