Monday, May 20, 2013

Former Bank Teller Indicted For Allegedly Embezzling $245K From Illinois Bank

From the Chicago Tribune on 5.1.13:

A former Geneva bank teller has been indicted in what prosecutors called a scheme to use bank customers’ account information to steal at least $245,000.

Court documents show that federal charges were filed Thursday against Clarice Watkins. She is being charged with four counts of bank fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and a single count of fraud.

According to the indictment, Watkins was a teller at a Fifth Third Bank branch in Geneva, and from April 2008 to April 2010 was believed to have stolen profile information from customers who came to her teller window, targeting those with large account balances.

Watkins schemed with another person – known as “Individual A” in the indictment – to steal the money and agreed to split the profits from the plan, the indictment states. It’s alleged Watkins accessed customer profiles of at least 14 bank account-holders, records state.

That profile information was used to make unauthorized wire transfers, the indictment alleges.


Update (12/18/2014):

Watkins pleaded guilty to the fraud.  See updated story here:

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