By Ogozi John
A former Miamisburg U.S. Bank manager has filed a guilty plea for the alleged embezzlement of over $5.2 million that was used to sustain a gambling habit.
Amy Scarpelli, 48, who was arrested last year after federal complaints accused her of spending millions of dollars, which she had embezzled from the bank, will on the scheduled date of April 2 plead guilty to one count charge of embezzlement before U.S. District Judge Walter Rice.
According to the complaint filed at the U.S. District Court in Dayton, Scarpelli together with her friends went on a spending spree from 2009 to 2014, where she spent about $12,287,112.37 in slot machines at Hollywood Casino, and her domestic partner also had about $7,702,695.22 in “coins in” at the slot machines as they were both awarded with “icon” status at the casino in Lawrenceburg, IN.
Also, Scarpelli and her domestic partner allegedly spent money on buying lots at Lake Waynoka, a lake house, campers, boats, cars and motorcycles, investigations by the Secret Service also reveal payments made for “Caribbean cruises.”
Court documents explain how Scarpelli amassed millions of dollars fraudulently by making carefully calculated withdrawals between $25,000 to $45,000 and then covering it up with false repayments using the credit line of a roofing business, which was supposedly closed.
“The parties have reached a plea agreement, which will be filed on the day that there’s a change of plea hearing,” assistant U.S. Attorney, Brent Tabacchi said. “The ultimate format of the plea agreement, whether it’s a binding plea agreement or some other iteration, is still to be determined.”
In his remarks, Gump said, “I think gambling is a disease no different than alcohol or drugs, and I think that we present to the court our sentencing memorandum as they will be presenting theirs and then it will be up to Judge Rice to decide that sentence in that range,” He added.
Embezzlement carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but Gump said Scarpelli’s sentence will most likely be in the range of four to seven years.