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The Suburbanite
  • Former bank worker released from prison

  • Melanie A. Stano, 58, of Jackson Township, was given a four-year prison sentence in February, but Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Taryn Heath agreed to consider releasing her in six months if she didn’t violate any rules while incarcerated.

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  • A former bank worker who had admitted to embezzling money from elderly customers is being released from prison.
    Melanie A. Stano, 58, of Jackson Township, was given a four-year prison sentence in February, but Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Taryn Heath agreed to consider releasing her in six months if she didn’t violate any rules while incarcerated.
    Stano, a bank employee for 30 years, pleaded guilty in January to theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, a first-degree felony. She did not have a prior criminal record.
    According to court records, Stano stole roughly $165,000 over a four-year period from the accounts of bank customers 65 or older at FirstMerit’s downtown Massillon branch.
    Stano repaid the money before she was formally charged, her attorney said.
    Heath placed Stano on probation for two years. She also must complete 200 hours of community service unless she gains full-time employment.
    Stano will also be subject to drug and alcohol monitoring.