A Chase Bank teller who befriended an 86-year-old senior allegedly fleeced the women out of most of her $400,000 in savings, says the Chicago Sun-Times, and even though the bank caught the teller and fired her… they’re taking a long time to repay the stolen money.
The public guardian’s office was put in charge of Jessie McDonald’s affairs after a doctor found that she was suffering from dementia. They claim that Chase is preying on a vulnerable consumer by not repaying the stolen money in a timely fashion: “This [teller] was helping herself to about $300,000,” Public Guardian Robert Harris said. “It’s even more egregious when it’s someone who is completely reliant on her savings. She is so vulnerable. You would not expect the bank would be the one preying on her at this point.”
Chase says that they were the ones who caught the teller in the first place, and that they’re working to return the money:”We . . . urged them to intercede on behalf of Mrs. McDonald, and we are currently working with the public guardian’s office to resolve the financial details,” Chase spokesman Tom Kelly said.
Mrs. McDonald owns a townhome in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, but is currently living at Crestwood Care Centre in Crestwood, IL. Her bills are being paid from her savings, but she’s running out of funds. In order to move home, her townhome will need extensive renovations and she’ll need 24-hour care. In short, she needs her life savings back or she may end up on public assistance.
The Sun-Times says that there’s currently an FBI investigation taking place, but the teller hasn’t been charged criminally. Mrs. McDonald now understands what happened to her and she says she’s disappointed.
“You trust somebody. She was so nice. And I wasn’t thinking,” McDonald told the Sun-Times. “I was really disappointed in her.”