Lawton security guard sentenced for stealing money from ATMs

Posted on: 7:59 pm, January 7, 2014, by

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LAWTON, Okla. – A woman from Lawton was sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing money from ATM machines.

Authorities say 48-year-old Maria Estelle Martin was sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling cash from a credit institution.

According to court records, Martin worked as an armed guard that serviced Lawton-area ATM machines for local banks and credit unions.

She was supposed to replenish ATMs with cash from the vaults.

However, prosecutors say Martin kept cash from the vaults rather than using it to fill the ATMs.

Officials say she gambled away the stolen money at casinos, where they say she would put over $70,000 into a single slot machine.

After serving 33 months in federal prison, Martin will be on supervised release for five years and will be required to pay $847,942.50 in restitution to the corporate victims of the crime.