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July 19--  An Uvalda woman indicted for embezzlement of the Montgomery Bank and Trust Company has a change of plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Dublin Wednesday.

According to court records, Janice Knowles was indicted in March for using bank funds for her personal use during the period July, 2005 through October, 2008. The U.S. Attorney accuses Knowles of preparing cashiers checks in bank customers' names, charging the checks to those customers' loans and then using the checks for her personal benefit.  The government contends she stole about $160,000 during the three-year period.  Knowles was a loan assistant at the Commerce Drive branch of the bank at the time of the alleged embezzlement.

She entered a not guilty plea on May 12th but was granted a change of plea hearing last Thursday.  Her trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday, July 26th.

Maximum penalties for bank embezzlement are 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and five years of supervised release.