OSSINING, N.Y. -- A Mount Kisco resident has been charged with stealing more than $1.4 million from customers at an Ossining bank where she was the manager.
Marla Rodriguez, 48, was charged by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office with 27 felony counts, including grand larceny in the first and second degrees, first-degree identity theft, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, four counts of third-degree criminal tax fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree scheme to defraud.
The charges range from class B to class F felonies. Rodriguez faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.
Rodriguez allegedly stole from two people while she served as bank manager at M&T Bank, including more than $1 million from someone she knew by writing unauthorized checks, making unauthorized cash withdrawals and making unauthorized ATM withdrawals, according to the DA's office.
Rodriguez also allegedly stole $267,450 from a 92-year-old former Ossining police officer. The man thought he was withdrawing the interest out of his bank account, but according to the DA's office, Rodriguez was allegedly making unauthorized withdrawals from his account.
Rodgriguez's subordinates called M&T Bank's whistleblower hotline, and M&T Bank initiated its own investigation, later turning the matter over the Ossining Police Department, which contacted the DA's office, the DA's office said.
Bail was set at $200,000. Rodriguez is due back in court on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
“Most of us rely on our neighborhood bank to safeguard our money. In this case both victims put their trust as well as their money in the hands of someone who, as alleged in this indictment, took advantage of their trust and stole from them”, said District Attorney Janet DiFiore in a statement.
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