Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Former Bank Teller Charged With Stealing From Customers

ARRESTED PERSON: Matthew James Francis, 21, 9770 47th Drive N.W., Coral Springs

ARREST DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 22

CHARGES: Fraud-obtain property over $50,000, identity theft, exploitation of the elderly, grand theft $300-$5,000

SUMMARY: A Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigation was initiated in July 2010 after it was discovered that Francis stole a large sum of cash from a cash box in the drive-thru area of the Wachovia bank branch 5801 Pelican Bay Blvd., North Naples, where he worked as a teller.

Through an exhaustive investigation, detectives found that while Francis was working as a teller for Wachovia he would complete withdrawal slips for the accounts of two customers and then later deposit the money into his account or a friend’s account.

Francis was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant.