Bank Embezzlement Sentencing 17 Jan 13

A former bank officer from Belview has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers at Minnwest Bank in Marshall. The judge also ordered 48-year-old Barbara Rechtzigel to pay a million dollars in restitution. Prosecutors say she created false paperwork to make bank customers believe their CDs were being renewed and earning interest, when in fact she was stealing and spending the money. Rechtzigel admitted to embezzling the funds from 1998 through June of 2012.