A bank employee in Calcasieu Parish is accused of stealing over $47,000 by obtaining loans using bank customer identities.
56-year-old Julie B. Cormier of Vinton was arrested on February 1 by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into bank fraud and identity theft. Deputies began investigating on December 19 after the bank where Cormier was employed called to report the incident. Bank personnel told deputies that auditors working for the bank discovered that Cormier had stolen approximately $47,500 from the bank.
The auditor’s investigation found that from May 2013 to June 2018 Cormier obtained loans by using the name of a bank customer without their consent or knowledge. Cormier then allegedly used other customer accounts to pay back those loan notes.
Detectives say that upon speaking to Cormier she stated that she was responsible for obtaining those loans and drafting other accounts to make the loan payments.
On February 1, Cormier was arrested by deputies and booked on charges of bank fraud and six counts of identity theft. Cormier was released the same day on a $25,000 bond.
At the time of her arrest, Cormier was no longer employed at the bank where the alleged fraud took place. Police say however, she was employed at another bank in the area.