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Fircrest credit union teller sentenced for stealing from customer with Alzheimer’s disease

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.

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.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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