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Opinion

The story of a giving banker… Patricia Keezer

Bankers are often caricatured as greedy, bonus-grabbing individuals. But an intriguing tale from Michigan questions this stereotype.

Patricia Keezer was a respected bank manager at Citizen’s Bank in Manchester, near Detroit. However last month she was sentenced to a year and a day in prison when a judge declared her "Robin Hood days were over".

The thoughtful bank manager saw that some of her customers were struggling to make ends meet and so started to help in the way only bankers can. She gave them money – but without the bills and repayment schedules you would normally expect. Since 2000 Keezer had been embezzling funds and giving needy people $2,000 at a time for car repairs, mortgage payments and taxes. She commonly reversed bank charges and other fees too.

Keezer told the judge: "I would take other people’s problems and make them my problems. I do have a problem with giving things away." Certainly doesn’t sound like the normal bankers we know and love.

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