Belview Woman Embezzlement 25 Jul 12

Federal criminal charges have been filed against a Belview woman for allegedly stealing funds from CD accounts at MinnWest Bank in Marshall. 47-year-old Barbra Rechtzigel is charged with one count of embezzlement by a bank officer for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars between 1998 and 2012. Jeanne Cooney with the US Attorney’s Office says information on the crimes is still being compiled. Rechtzigel’s attorney says she intends to enter a guilty plea and has verbally committed to paying the individuals back. Rechtzigel faces a potential penalty of 30 years in prison, but she’ll likely receive only around 4 years depending on a plea agreement.