Former employee of a Penza bank is suspected of stealing money from bank accounts

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

A pensioner born in 1957 applied to police division No. 1 of the MIA of Russia Administration for the city of Penza. She reported that she had become a victim of an offender who had stolen money from her savings account in the amount of more than 640,000 rubles.
The woman explained that in June 2017, in one of the banks of the city, she opened a savings account in her own name for the purpose of keeping and accumulating cash funds. Some time later, a bank employee called her and offered to transfer the funds to another account to increase the interest on the deposit. The paperwork process took place in the bank building. An employee carried out certain actions as a result of which the applicant received messages to her cell phone. One of these messages contained information about current account closing. Then the victim was given a new bank card. The employee of the bank explained that the old card was no longer necessary. In her presence, the woman through an ATM activated the card by entering the pin code.
A few days later, the pensioner was called by bank employees who asked why the account had been closed. The woman suspected something was wrong and went to the bank branch, where she explained her situation. The bank staff explained to her that the employee who had performed the account transactions no longer worked at the bank.
During the investigative actions and operational activities, police officers established the identity of the former employee of the bank involved in the crime. She turned to be a girl born in 1994. She was interrogated as a suspect and confessed. At the moment, her involvement in three more similar crimes with the infliction of material damage amounting to more than three million rubles has been established.
The suspects was prosecuted in accordance with the features of a crime stipulated by paragraphs “c” and “d” of part 3 of Article 158 of the RF Criminal Code “Theft from a bank account on a large scale”. This article presumes a punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of up to 6 years.