Havre Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Credit Union

Woman who worked at bank stole money since mid-2000s

By Justin Franz

HAVRE — A Havre woman has pleaded guilty to charges that allege she embezzled nearly $130,000 from the credit union where she worked.

Peggy Teel pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft by embezzlement from Bear Paw Credit Union. District Judge Daniel Boucher scheduled her sentencing for Oct. 17.

Prosecutors initially said the thefts went as far back as 2003, but Teel pleaded guilty to stealing money between 2007 and 2015.

The credit union’s executive vice president contacted Havre police in February to report that $63,000 had gone missing from automated teller machines from 2007 to 2015. Other money was missing from cash drawers, a cash machine, the vault and a coin counter.

A plea agreement recommends Teel be given a three-year deferred sentence and immediately pay just over $68,000 in restitution.

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