The husband of a woman convicted of bank fraud will join his wife behind bars, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Steve Warden was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $888,471 in restitution after previously pleading guilty to bank fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.
Warden, 35, of Brunswick, pleaded guilty in January. He will serve the federal sentence after completing a sentence in state prison for an unrelated crime.
His wife, Rebecca Warden, a former teller at the National City Bank branch in Strongsville, is currently serving 16 months in prison.
National City, which is now PNC Bank, suffered a loss of about $923,471, according to the original indictment.
Rebecca Warden removed cash from her drawer at the National City branch in Strongsville and gave it to her husband, who would come into the bank and pretend to conduct legitimate banking transactions between 2006 until March 2010.
During this time period, Rebecca Warden also removed cash to issue official bank checks and money orders payable to businesses to which Steve Warden owed money, officials said.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.