A woman charged with taking a loaded gun into a Chattanooga bank is set to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a handgun.
Zoya Zakwan, 43, of Murfreesboro, is due to appear Tuesday afternoon before Federal Magistrate Court Judge Bill Carter.
Ms. Zakwan picked up the federal charge because she had a prior felony in state court. In November 2006, Ms. Zakwan, while working as the bookkeeper for the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro, was charged with embezzling over $60,000. Authorities said she used church credit cards to make personal purchases.
She later pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received two years probation. She was ordered to pay $73,256 in restitution.
Magistrate Judge Carter earlier said Ms. Zakwan was not eligible for release because she was brought to Chattanooga from a Murfreesboro jail.
Prosecutor Perry Piper had said the recommendation here was that she be kept confined until the case is handled. He said she had some prior probation violations and flights from justice incidents.
Her attorney asked for a mental evaluation of Ms. Zakwan. It was later ruled that a mental competency hearing was not necessary.
In the incident on Aug. 2, 2011, at Capital Mark Bank & Trust at 801 Broad St., police said Ms. Zakwan asked if her husband's ex-wife was there, then pulled a handgun. The former wife spotted her, then locked the door to her office.
Ms. Zakwan eventually fled and was arrested by a bike patrol officer as she took off items of clothing while going down the street. The gun was found in her pants that she had discarded on the sidewalk.