A Fircrest credit union teller has been sentenced for stealing money from the account of a customer who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Shelley Lehman, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree identity theft, and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff sentenced her to 90 days of electronic home monitoring.
Prosecutors said Lehman stole $42,000 from the victim while working at the Tapco Credit Union branch at 6312 19th St. W.
She was charged after the victim’s son noticed the unauthorized withdrawals.
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Lehman told police she’d been in a couple car accidents and had gotten addicted to pain killers she had been prescribed, to the point that she started buying them illegally, according to charging papers.