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Former Md. bank exec pleads guilty to wire fraud, embezzlement

Former Hopkins Federal Savings Bank senior vice president Melissa Strohman on Jan. 25 pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and bank embezzlement.

She admitted to a six-year scheme to steal more than $1.8 million from customers at the Baltimore bank using her position of trust. She caused more than 200 unauthorized transfers and withdrawals of funds from six customers' bank accounts to pay for mortgages, credit card bills and property tax bills associated with her and her family members.

If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Strohman on May 12.

The bank was acquired by Bay Bancorp Inc. in July 2016.