Feb 1, 2011 5:42 PM by Letitia Walker

Bank Employee Accused of Targeting Elderly in Theft

A bank employee is in jail, accused of stealing more than $280,0000 from bank customers. The arrest was made by Louisiana State Police, members of the U.S. Secret Service Southwest Louisiana Financial Crime Taskforce, Lafayette Police Department, and the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office. Charges against New Iberia native Brandy Rogers range from theft to money laundering.
The 31-year-old is accused of using her position as a customer service representative to fraudulently obtain funds. She allegedly targeted elderly people who opened accounts with Teche Federal. Over the course of several months, troopers say Rogers withdrew money from these accounts and deposited it in different factitious accounts she created. Rogers would then purchase goods, and make cash withdrawals from the created accounts. Investigators say they seized several items from the residence which were purchased with the stolen funds. Rogers was booked into the Iberia Parish Correctional Center for unauthorized use of an access card for theft, identity theft, theft of assets of an aged person, bank fraud, forgery, computer fraud, and money laundering.

Response from Teche Federal:

"Teche Federal Bank has became aware of a possible fraud in one of the Bank's branches located in New Iberia. The Bank recently identified certain operational irregularities involving customer accounts during the routine course of business and brought the matter to the attention of law enforcement authorities. Teche is fully cooperating with the investigation by law enforcement authorities. It is important to note that any irregularities to these customer accounts will be remedied at no cost to the customer and that accounts at the Bank are safe. The amount involved in the possible fraud is not expected to have a material adverse impact on the Bank's financial condition or results of operations and is covered by the bank's fidelity bond insurance."


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