A former Searcy bank branch manager was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay complete restitution of $329,240.68 for stealing from 18 customers while employed by First Community Bank.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker sentenced Amanda McClish Thursday afternoon at the Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse in downtown Little Rock. McClish stealing from customers was reported by the bank to have taken place from September 2014 through July 2018.

Baker said McClish would have to "self-report" to the Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 11, 2021. As far as where her time will be served, Baker has recommended two federal facilities: one in Bryan, Texas, and the other in Greenville, Ill.

Baker also said that McClish would be able to get substance abuse treatment and mental health therapy and she would pay $10 for each session, not to exceed $40 in a month.

Laura Brissey, head legal counsel for First Community Bank, based in Batesville, said that 10 out of the 18 customers stolen from were over 80 years old. The bank has paid back each customer plus paid the compounded interest that was due them.

Amanda Jegley was the prosecutor for the government and Hubert Alexander from Jacksonville represented McClish.

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