By Jeff Daley – email
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pamela Swilley of Petal appeared in federal court today in Hattiesburg and was sentenced to 15 months in prison on charges of embezzlement.
Swilley pleaded guilty in April of stealing over $83,000 over a three year period from Hancock bank in Petal where she was a loan officer. She apparently was using false identities, vin numbers and social security numbers to steal the money.
During sentencing Judge Keith Starrett told Swilley he had sentenced more than 10,000 people to prison and in most cases he wasn't bothered by it, but because of the letters he read supporting her, telling him she is a Christian woman and a good mother it did bothered him to send her to prison. However he added he was concerned that the crime was not an isolated incident and took place over a three year period.
Upon getting out of prison, Swilley will have to serve five years supervised release. She was also ordered to pay more than $83,000 in restitution.
Swilley was released after sentencing and was ordered to contact The Mississippi Department of Corrections with-in 72 hours.