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FARRELL Pacsi prison release is scheduled

Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

Federal court records show she's already paid back more than 15 percent of the money she took.
FARRELL, Pa. -- Odette S. Pacsi, sentenced to one year in federal prison last February for bank embezzlement, will be released from custody Saturday.
She's getting out nearly two months early, having earned time off for good behavior during her incarceration at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, W.Va.
A federal prisoner can earn up to 54 days a year of "good time" toward an early release, said Robert S. Cessar, the assistant U.S. attorney who handled her prosecution.
Although Pacsi, 45, of East Judy Lynn Drive, was sentenced in February, she didn't begin serving that sentence until March 22, 2001, and was moved to a halfway house in Youngstown in December.
She is under the jurisdiction of the Cincinnati Community Corrections Management office of the Bureau of Prisons, and a spokeswoman for that office said Saturday is her release date.
She will have to serve five years' probation after her release.
The crime: Prosecutors said Pacsi, wife of former Farrell Mayor Eugene C. Pacsi, stole $589,000 from the Farrell office of National City Bank over a period of 10 years.
Part of her sentence is that she pay back the money she stole. Federal court records shows that, as of Thursday, she had made restitution in the amount of $91,284. The records don't show where the money came from.
She had been head teller at the office for years and was named manager in early 2000. The bank discovered that funds were missing in August 2000.
Prosecutors said Pacsi took the money in small amounts ranging from $20 to hundreds of dollars at a time from teller drawers and the bank vault and was able to hide the thefts by falsifying bank records.
She spent the money on her home and family, prosecutors said.
National City Bank said no customers lost any money in the case.

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