The Great Bank Hoax (1977)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 1, 1978 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Shortly before the bank examiner is due to arrive, higher-ups at a small-town bank discover that a beloved long-term employee has embezzled $100,000. The embezzler (Paul Sand), says he did it just to point out a flaw in the bank's bookkeeping practices. Bank officers Jack and Emanuel (Burgess Meredith and Richard Basehart) cook up a scheme to cover up the theft, which, incidentally, will net them an additional hundred grand. The supposedly secret embezzlement and bank examiner visit becomes known throughout the tight-knit community. Some pillars of the community see it as an opportunity for gain and others want to help save reputations, but everyone gets involved.

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bank-personnel, con/scam, corruption, embezzlement, fraud, insurance, robbery, small-town