South Jersey Bank Teller Admits Embezzling Funds From Dormant Accounts

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A bank teller has admitted she embezzled more than $600,000 from dormant customer accounts.

Federal prosecutors say Telisha Trent pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud and money laundering charges. The 43-year-old Williamstown resident faces up to 40 years in prison when she’s sentenced Nov. 7.

Prosecutors say Trent was working for TD Bank when the thefts occurred between August 2014 and September 2015. They say she used her position at the bank’s Sewell branch to identify dormant checking and savings accounts, primarily held by elderly customers.

Trent would research the account holder in order to assess the risk of whether that person would notice that funds were missing. She would steal the money in the dormant accounts by transferring the funds to accounts she controlled or have a cashier’s check issued in her name.

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