Employee at Discover used money to pay mortgage, buy luxury goods.

Kimberly Y. Drummond, age 47, of Middletown was sentenced July 30 to 12 months of incarceration and full restitution for her years-long embezzlement from Discover Financial Services, a federally insured financial institution, in New Castle.

Drummond had pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges last December.

According to a press release from the U.S. District Court of Delaware, Drummond had worked for Discover for nearly 20 years in a check processing role. In or around November 2008, Drummond began falsifying entries in Discover’s books and records, resulting in the issuance of duplicate checks from Discover Bank.

Drummond deposited these duplicate checks into her personal bank accounts, and she used the checks to pay her mortgage lender and purchase luxury consumer items for herself and her family. She continued until her fraud until it was discovered, in August 2012. During the course of her almost four year scheme, Drummond embezzled more than $350,000 from Discover.

“While defense counsel argued for a probationary sentence and the government requested a guideline sentence of 27 months, the Court’s sentence sends a clear message that incarceration is appropriate in situations where individuals abuse their positions of trust within the local banking community,” said U.S. District Attorney Charles M. Oberly, III.

According to the press release, this case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Paxton.