JACKSON, Mich. – A former branch manager at EECU, A Community Credit union, was sentenced this afternoon to a year in jail for withdrawing $194,000 in unauthorized funds from the accounts of six elderly members, but could serve as little as 90 days after she paid full restitution right before sentencing.

Renee Mainstone told authorities she stole the fund to feed her gambling habit. She said her conviction cost her her marriage and has resulted in a custody battle with her estranged husband over her two young children.

Prosecutors said Mainstone preyed upon the ill and disabled to perpetuate her gambling habit. One of the affected members is legally blind. Another was not born in the U.S. and struggles with the English language. All of the victims were 70 to 90 years old. The withdrawals, which started in 2010, ranged from $1,000 to $9,000.

The credit union discovered the theft last year when one of the impacted members called EECU about an unauthorized withdrawal or withdrawals. Within two days of the complaint, the credit union he fired Mainstone, once a trusted employee.

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