Former Austin bank employee sentenced to $20K restitution in second theft case

(ABC 6 News) – A former First Farmers & Merchants Bank employee was sentenced to repay $20,275 in Mower County Court Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing $16,300 from a client’s account between May and November of 2020.

Additional charges of theft, forgery, and identity theft were dismissed.

Bonnie Ann Kilpatrick, 50, was also sentenced to 13 months of prison, which has been stayed for the duration of a four-year probation.

According to court documents, Kilpatrick previously pleaded guilty to stealing about $30,000 from another client’s account in 2020, and was sentenced to about $35,000 in restitution payments.

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Kilpatrick was accused of the thefts in August of 2021, after a First Farmers & Merchants customer told law enforcement several withdrawals had been made from his account using withdrawal slips, which he did not use, in amounts he did not recognize.

According to court documents, Kilpatrick was accused of forging the man’s signature on 10 of 12 withdrawal slips for $500-$2,500 in 10 months.