I'm merely guessing, but I doubt that most of you have been to Ulysses, Kansas. I have been there, many years ago, and I can honestly say that the part of Kansas where Ulysses is situated seems to me what the surface of the moon must look like. The 2010 US Census states that the total population of Ulysses is just a wee bit north of 6,000. In other words, it seems an unlikely place where a gang of bank robbers would ply its trade, much less a gang of Bonnie Parkers who worked their illegal mojo from both inside and outside the institution.
According to The Garden City Telegram, four (now former) bank employees, who range in age from 28 to 59 (all of them, therefore, old enough to know better), embezzled over $84,000 from their employer from 2008 to 2010, staged a bank robbery in 2010 in an attempt to cover it up, and over the next three years embezzled another $24,000 and change before being caught. They each face decades in the federal slammer for embezzlement, bank robbery and--the worst sin of all--lying to the FBI.
Thirty-six years ago, shortly after I began my first stint as an in-house lawyer at a large financial institution, I was given the job of baby-sitting some bank branch employees while they testified as witnesses in the federal district court criminal trial in Denver of two bank robbers who had held up the branch with sawed-off shotguns and loud threats of violence. I remember the Assistant US Attorney who was trying the case telling me that while the FBI may not be top-notch at every task it attempts, one thing it has gotten down to a science is catching bank robbers and embezzlers. He claimed that it was the dumbest crime a crook could commit, because the odds were overwhelming that, sooner or later, you'd be nabbed. He also asserted that because of that, professional criminals look down on bank robbers as those of lesser talent.
And yet...in towns large and small, from The Big Apple to the wind-swept plains of wheat country, hope springs eternal in the larcenous heart. As long as that's the case, banks better have in place robust systems of checks and balances to catch those folks that banks fear the most: rogue employees.