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I read with interest your article on the front page of the May 1 Mountain Democrat entitled: “Embezzlement charges for Cameron Park man” (by Cole Mayer). The fact that the institution the accused was apparently stealing from was only mentioned as “a bank” and “a federally-insured bank” caught my attention. The name of the bank was never mentioned. I would hate to think that the Mountain Democrat was protecting the reputation of a bank for political reasons.
As anyone who has been awake for the last 4-5 years knows, consumers have learned how unresponsive banks are to their customers when the chips are down. It is easy to determine that a bank which has been defrauded by its own employee does not want that known to the public. It certainly raises the question of their internal safeguards and their ability to protect their customers funds. Given that the article in question provided the name of the defendant, the U.S. attorney, the U.S. judge and the assistant U.S. attorney, it seems only logical and fair to have the banking institution named as well. Please tell the whole story by identifying the specific bank and branch for your readers as prominently as you identified all other participants in this story.