Woman indicted on 200K embezzlement charges

A Murphysboro, Illinois woman has been indicted for embezzling over $200,000 from a Carbondale bank.

41 year-old Buffy A. Bastien was officially indicted on April 8th by a Federal Grand Jury in Benton, Illinois. She was charged in a one count indictment which charges that from about 2010 to February 2014, that Bastien defrauded the Bank of Carbondale as an officer and employee of the bank. Court documents claim the amount officially embezzled was approximately $229,221.80.

She faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $1,00,000 fine, as well as supervised release of up to 5 years. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Southern District of Illinois’ Attorney’s Office issued a reminder that all parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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