Austin woman sentenced to jail time, supervised probation and restitution on felony theft charge in Mower County District Court

An Austin woman who stole approximately $28,600 from the account of a customer while employed at an Austin bank from March of 2020 to March of 2021 has been sentenced to jail time, supervised probation and restitution in Mower County District Court.

48-year old Bonnie Ann Kilpatrick was convicted and sentenced Thursday to 45 days in jail, five years of supervised probation and just over $35,500 in restitution for a felony charge of theft, taking, using or transferring movable property without consent.  Kilpatrick was charged in June with felony counts of theft, aggravated forgery, and identity theft after being accused of forging an elderly woman’s signature in order to illegally withdraw money from her account.

Austin Police reported that the illegal withdrawals took place while Kilpatrick worked at First Farmers & Merchants Bank in Austin and involved 15 separate illegal cash withdrawals. Kilpatrick was granted a stay of imposition in the case where the defendant pleads guilty to a felony level offense.  If he or she successfully completes their probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.  

Kilpatrick first pleaded guilty to the charge on August 12th, and felony charges of theft by swindle, aggravated forgery and identity theft, transferring, possessing or using the identity of another person in the case were dismissed with Kilpatrick’s guilty plea in the case.