Former Hancock Bank employee pleads guilty to bank fraud

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The former Hancock Bank auditor accused of defrauding Hancock Bank of $143,976.91 has pled guilty to federal bank fraud in U.S. District Court.

Lisa Brooks, 45, of Gulfport worked in the Recoveries Department in Hancock Bank's Long Beach branch from October 2006 to October 2008. According to a statement from the Department of Justice, during Brooks' time at the bank she received checks at Hancock Bank for collection matters, which were made payable to Hancock Bank.

The statement added that Brooks deposited those checks into a general ledger account. She would then prepare money orders to post to the individual charged-off accounts. Once the money orders were prepared she fraudulently converted part of the amount from the checks to money orders for the use or benefit of herself and others.

Her sentencing is set for January 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Brooks faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.