The DOJ accused a Pennsylvania bank manager of embezzling $340,200 and igniting the safe to hide the evidence
It's commonplace to hear about someone "burning through their money" by spending it quickly, but the US Department of Justice alleges that a Pennsylvania bank manager found a whole new meaning for the phrase.
Prosecutors allege that Patty Lynn Mavrakis, 63, embezzled $340,200 from Valley 1st Community Federal Credit Union where she was the branch manager. The grand jury indictment alleges she set fire to the bank's safe after taking the money.
Mavrakis told her supervisor that a wiring problem with the alarm in the safe caused a spark, setting the money ablaze. She also initiated an insurance claim for the burned and missing cash and filled out a proof of loss form that she signed and notarized.
The incident happened in 2016, but the indictment does not specify how authorities concluded five years later that she was the one who set the safe aflame.
On Wednesday, authorities announced Mavrakis was indicted on three charges:
Embezzlement from a federal credit union
Use of fire to commit federal felony
Mavrakis' arraignment and first court date in Pennsylvania's Western District are set for September 1, when she would enter a plea. She didn't yet have a lawyer listed on the court docket.