HARRISBURG – Former bank manager Tiffany K. Look was visibly distraught even before a federal judge walked into the courtroom Monday morning.
She had reason to be.
Moments later, U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III sentenced Look, 40, of Harrisburg, to 2 years in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 from elderly customers.
Look’s lawyer, A. Mark Winter, said she committed the crimes while in the grip of a gambling addiction.
“At the end of the day, I knew right from wrong. And I chose wrong,” a tearful and apologetic Look told the judge. “I have no excuses.”
“This is the most virulent gambling addiction I’ve ever seen,” Jones said. “This is a fairly audacious and almost inexplicable crime. I guess the casinos pulled you down.”
Look’s sentencing came seven months after federal authorities charged her with stealing from four customers of Mid Penn Bank and Members 1st Federal Credit Union between 2007 and 2013. She was a manager at Members 1st’s Camp Hill branch when the crimes were discovered in late 2013.
Look pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge.
Two of her victims were homebound with medical problems. Look also stole from the account of a customer who died from cancer in his mid-50s.