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Former bank worker admits to stealing $36k

A former bank teller supervisor admitted to stealing money from customers’ bank accounts to pay her own bills.

Angel Hudson, 25, a former teller at Commonwealth Bank in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, skimmed $36,650 from four customers’ accounts between June 2020 and February 2021 and tried to cover her tracks by forging their signatures on withdrawal slips, the court heard.

Hudson pleaded guilty to charges of stealing by reason of employment, falsification of accounts, forgery and money laundering at her arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

According to Prosecutor Sergeant 3605 Samantha Miah, the theft was discovered when one of the victims, Tyrone Moss, queried his account balance.

The bank provided him with a printout of his account activity when the withdrawals that totaled $6,500 were made, Miah said.

However, Moss said he wasn’t on the island when the transactions were performed.

An internal inquiry revealed that Hudson made the unauthorized withdrawals and then credited her account with the stolen money.

This prompted the bank to scrutinize Hudson’s other transactions and they discovered that three other customers’ accounts had been compromised, Miah said.

Hudson either placed the money on her personal account or on the accounts of third parties, whom she owed.

As a result, the bank called in the police.

During an interview, Hudson admitted to stealing and said that her “bills and expenses were too much for her to handle”.

In mitigation, Hudson’s lawyer Brian Dorsette asked the court to be as lenient as possible.

He said Hudson had violated the responsibility entrusted to her by the bank.

Dorsette said she would have had a bright future with the company as she had been promoted three times in less than three years.

Ferguson-Pratt will give her decision on sentencing on March 8 at noon.

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