Two wrongs don’t make a right, and stealing money from someone who stole it to begin with does not earn you a Get Out of Jail Free card. At least that’s what the authorities are telling a former TD Bank teller who stands accused of siphoning off nearly $100,000 from a customer who has been indicted on charges of deceiving the state of New Jersey into paying out $545,000 in tax refunds.
According to the Gloucester County Times, the customer first opened the TD Bank account in 2009 using money he had gotten from four allegedly fraudulent tax returns he’d filed in 2008.
When the teller created a debit card for the man, she also made a second one for her own personal use. Police say she then used that card to help herself to $98,445 of the customer’s money.
The customer pointed out the mysteriously missing funds to the bank and to the police. This complaint sparked an investigation which, unfortunately for him, resulted in investigators looking into the source of his wealth. He was ultimately indicted on charges of money laundering, theft by deception, four counts of filing or preparing false returns, second and third-degree elements of computer theft and criminal attempt theft by deception.
Meanwhile, the teller, who has since moved from New Jersey to Georgia, has been indicted on six counts altogether, one each of theft by deception, second-degree elements of computer theft, third-degree elements of computer theft and filing false or fraudulent returns, and two counts of failure to pay taxes, penalties or interest.