Big house, posh car – major bank fraud

AN “ordinary” bank employee in the small municipality of Almoradí, in Spain’s Alicante province, is said to have got away with a huge customer-scam for 25 years.

It was worth, in total, around $1.5m (1.28m euros). And, in

all that time, she lived way beyond her means, owning a big house, driving a luxury car, and taking expensive trips to exotic destinations with her partner.

She even flaunted  her wealthy lifestyle on social media. But not any more. Her fairy-tale life came to an end when the Guardia Civil discovered the origin of her wealth, and how it was obtained.

For an entire quarter-century, she had, allegedly, been stealing from a Russian client at her bank. She is now being charged with bank fraud and forging documents.

Investigators believe that the 51-year-old suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, diverted around 1.28m euros from an account held by the Russian national, who is now aged 80.

The probe began just over a month ago, when the account holder, an unnamed bank, filed a complaint with the local Guardia Civil  in Almoradí.

He told them that every time he returned to his native country, his account would be depleted a little more.

Police sources say he arrived in Rojales, some 8km from Almoradí, in 1992. He then opened a bank account in the latter municipality, and developed a trusting relationship with the suspect.

The account-holder rarely checked his balance. But in June, he requested a detailed statement because he was considering switching banks. That was when he realised that over $1.5m was missing.

Investigators analysed all the transactions linked to that account, and realised that most money transfers had taken place while the account-holder was in Russia.

Every time he returned to Russia, his bank balance would drop a little more. But whenever he requested information about the account, the employee would provide unofficial documents, which she had forged, to make it look as though his balance was unchanged.

Once her cover was blown, the woman was arrested and released, pending trial following her arraignment.






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