Ex-bank teller denied bond; accused of stealing money for drugs

GULFPORT — A former teller for Hancock Bank has been denied bond on a federal criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $80,000 from the bank.

The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Keel was denied bond Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Court records show that in an interview with the FBI, Keel admitted taking money from the vault of the Biloxi branch bank over a four-month period starting in April and blamed it on her addiction to oxycodone. Oxycodone is a narcotic pain-reliever available legally only by prescription.

According to a FBI agent’s sworn statement, Keel had left the bank abruptly on Aug. 10 after she was questioned about discrepancies in her vault totals. Prosecutors say an audit showed the vault was short $80,980.

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