A Big Spring bank manager has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for a bank fraud conviction.

Former branch manager at BBVA Compass Bank in Big Spring, Texas, Lisa Lynette Barber, 49, of Amarillo pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in July of 2014.

According to court documents, Barber used her managerial status to steal from customers’ accounts by withdrawing money from various long-time customers with whom she had a relationship. If any of them complained, she simply refunded the stolen amount. Barber reportedly withdrew money using her employee’s information instead of her own and took large sums of cashier’s checks payable to different financial institutions.

Baber's actions caused BBVA Big Spring to lose more than $1.1 million.

At her Tuesday, November 18, sentencing, U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of Texas Sam R. Cummings ordered the 41-month sentence and more than $1 million in restitution fees. Barber must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on December 19, 2014.

Barber worked for BBVA from 2008-12 after BBVA acquired State National Bank in 2008. Barber had been with State National Bank since 1997.

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