The former president of a Logan County bank will serve two-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling more than half-a-million dollars from the bank… where he had worked since 1966.
66-year-old Bryson John Russell worked his way up the ranks and became president of Hartsburg State Bank in 1989… but in 1992, he told authorities he began skimming money from the bank to pay for personal expenses.
Eventually, he created phony loans in the names of relatives and other bank customers to cover his tracks.
Russell confessed to the crime back in February.
He will report to a federal prison at an undetermined future date, and was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $562,000.