12/06/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2023 12:54
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau man was sentenced yesterday to two and a half years in prison and five years' supervised release for stealing over $579,000 from three banks and two federal credit unions while serving as an armed transport guard.
According to court documents, Austin Nolan Dwight Rutherford, 29, was an armed transport guard for Axiom Armored Transport from January 2019 to March 2022. Axiom provided armed transportation of U.S. currency for several banks, credit unions and ATMs. Rutherford was transferred to Axiom's Juneau branch in March 2020 and started stealing funds around that time.
An Axiom security camera recorded Rutherford taking a large amount of cash from Axiom property and into his personal vehicle, where he drove away. Bank records later showed that the defendant made multiple cash deposits into his personal bank account totaling over $338,000 and used the money for personal benefit.
The defendant was terminated in March 2022 but continued to make large cash deposits into his bank accounts through May 2022. An internal Axiom audit determined that Rutherford stole a total of $579,400 in bank and credit union funds.
Rutherford pleaded guilty to bank and credit union theft in June 2023. At the time of his plea, the defendant agreed to pay back all stolen funds through restitution. He is also required to pay over $86,000 in additional restitution claims for expenses related to Axiom's investigation into Rutherford's actions. The defendant will also serve five years' supervised release.
"Mr. Rutherford broke the trust of his employer and the people of Alaska by stealing funds for his personal gain," said U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. "The United States Attorney's Office will aggressively prosecute those individuals who threaten the security of our financial institutions and bring them to justice."
The FBI Anchorage Field Office investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt prosecuted the case.
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