PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Joe Frank Rodriguez has accepted a plea deal after he admitted to embezzling around $143,000 from a Plainview Centennial Bank's vault.
Court documents state in January the bank began an internal investigation after officials learned money was missing from the vault. Rodriguez was confronted by other bank managers and admitted to stealing money from the vault.
He told officials from October 2016 to mid-January he would enter the vault and take cash on a regular basis, according to court documents.
Court records state Rodriguez was an employee at Centennial Bank in Plainview since 2004. While working at the bank he was promoted to a management position in 2016, where he was granted regular access to the bank's vault.
"During this time period, defendant entered the vault on multiple occasions and would remove various amounts of cash for his personal use," court documents state.
Rodriguez has yet to be sentenced, that will be determined at a later date.
Centennial Bank issued this statement on Friday afternoon: