Thursday, February 27, 2014

2 Longtime Employees Suspected In $400K Bank Embezzlement Case In Western Massachusetts

From the Berkshire Eagle on 2/25/14:

Three months after the discovery of up to $400,000 in reserve funds missing from the Lenox National Bank, bank officials are still in the dark on the progress of an extensive FBI investigation.

Two long-serving employees who were terminated last November remain potential suspects in the federal case of embezzlement and fraud, but have not yet been charged or arrested.  The joint investigation is being handled by the FBI's Springfield office and Lenox Police.  Police Chief Stephen O'Brien said on Monday that he has been in contact with the bureau, but the status of the case remains unchanged since November. "This is still a very active investigation," he stated.  Bank President Paul Merlino, an executive at Lenox National since 1975, told The Eagle that, following what he has called "a shocking betrayal by two trusted employees," tighter internal security procedures have been deployed.

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