Ex-bank teller sentenced
ELLSWORTH -- A former River Falls State Bank teller was placed on three years' probation last month in Pierce County Circuit Court for felony theft.
Holly M. Davidson, 22, 2164 Rushmore Dr., was ordered to begin her 120-day jail term immediately after the March 26 hearing as a probation condition handed down by Buffalo/Pepin Circuit Court Judge James Duvall.
Davidson was charged in January 2012 with the felony theft based on information gathered in the later part of 2011.
According to court records:
The estimated cash theft from the bank was roughly $11,400, with the money going missing between October and December 2011.
Bank officials began an internal investigation after noting Davidson's cash drawer should have shown a balance of $11,880. Inside the drawer was $438. She had no response for the cash-drawer discrepancy.
Later, she said she'd taken some of the money from her cash drawer, placed it in a plastic basket and put the basket in the vault with a note saying it was from "Holly."
The vault was searched. The money wasn't found.
Davidson then said she left the money on a cabinet next to a counter in the bank's drive-up area.
Despite a second search, no money was ever found on the cabinet or anywhere else. Davidson was then fired.
Just before that, she admitted being responsible for the missing cash and asked if quitting her job at the bank would make it "easier."
Bank audit records and Davidson's work schedule were reviewed as part of the police investigation to determine when and how the cash thefts occurred.
In one instance, a teller colleague said Davidson insisted on helping her with transactions at the drive-up window in early December. The teller said she didn't need Davidson's help, but Davidson kept using her machine.
The teller said when she had to balance her machine and money at the end of her work shift, she was short $500.
Davidson spent six years at River Falls State Bank, including as a part-timer while still in high school and then while attending UW-River Falls.
Other probation conditions include her paying $10,000 restitution to her father, obtain and maintain full-time employment or education.
Duvall also announced he will decide later whether to expunge her court record if she successfully completes probation.