Bank Teller Sentenced for Stealing Money from Customers

May 26, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Amanda Johnson, age 23, of Pasadena, Maryland, today to 18 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for bank fraud, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Davis also ordered Johnson to pay $35,935.59 in restitution.

According to her guilty plea, Johnson worked as a bank teller at a credit union located in Millersville, Maryland. From August 23, 2006 to May 4, 2007, after customers had completed their banking and left, Johnson made unauthorized transactions using the customers’ names and account numbers, withdrawing amounts ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars from the customers’ accounts. In some cases, Johnson would forge withdrawal slips documenting the unauthorized withdrawals to make it appear as if the customers had authorized the withdrawals. In other cases, she would withdraw funds without any documentation, in violation of the credit union’s record keeping requirements. As the scheme developed, Johnson would also retain the account number for certain customers and make unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts even when they had not recently come to her window.

Johnson selected customers whom she felt would not identify the fraudulent transactions, either because of the volume of account activity, or because the victims were elderly or of limited mental capacity. As a result, the scheme continued for months before any victim reported the unauthorized transactions. Ultimately, the credit union was able to identify the fraudulent transactions and reimburse bank customers for losses from their accounts.

Over 10 individuals were victims of this scheme. The credit union lost $35,935.59 when it reimbursed customers for the fraudulent transactions.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.



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