PHILADELPHIA – A federal jury, last night, returned guilty verdicts in the case of Tanika Victoria Little, 36, of Philadelphia, PA, who was charged with two counts of bank theft and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated, altered or removed serial number. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June.
Little was an employee of Brink’s, Inc., a national armored truck company which delivered cash to banks, among other businesses. On February 15, 2011 and on March 1, 2011, Little came into possession of incorrectly routed bags of cash totaling approximately $110,000 in $20 denominations. Little failed to deliver the bags of cash to Bank of America's Drexel Hill branch and began making deposits into her personal bank accounts. Little, whose annual income from Brink=s was approximately $41,000 at the time, deposited approximately $41,840 in cash in $20 denominations into three different bank accounts between March 2, 2011 and June 1, 2011. On June 29, 2011, within an eight-hour period of time, Little purchased 27 money orders, totaling approximately $13,000, with cash from eight different retail establishments in South Philadelphia, PA. In addition, in 2011, Little reported that she had paid approximately $25,000 for exterior and interior home improvements in cash, including $2,000 for a remodeled bathroom, $4,300 for a remodeled kitchen, $8,500 for a remodeled basement, and $9,000 for rebricking of her home’s exterior.
Little faces an advisory sentencing guideline range of 30 to 37 months in prison, a fine of up to $2.1 million, a $300 special assessment, and up to five years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by United States Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anita Eve.