In September 2005, Lisa Hansen, a receptionist at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, salon, deposited the company’s receipts in the bank’s night drop box as part of her routine responsibilities. Two days later, her manager discovered that the deposit was missing. Security officials at the bank claimed that none of the security cameras recorded Hansen’s presence on the night she claimed to have made the drop. Hansen, who denied stealing the money and refused to repay it, was fired in October 2005. In December 2005, Hansen submitted to a lie detector test, but failed after the operator badgered her and deemed her responses “deceptive.” Hansen was arrested in January 2006 and charged with embezzlement. On the advice of her attorney, she elected to plead guilty, but the judge rejected her plea, and Hansen entered a diversion program which cost her $400 and required 40 hours of community service. She completed the program and charges were dismissed in April 2006.
In August 2006, a bank employee found the missing deposit bag lodged in the night drop. The police department notified Hansen and apologized to her; and the prosecutor offered to repay the fee for the diversion program and pay her $10 per hour for her 40 hours of community service. That same month, Hansen reached an out-of-court settlement with the bank that lost her nighttime deposit.
- Stephanie Denzel