Credit union employee stole $16K from customers, police say

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A warrant has been issued for an ex-employee of A+ Federal Credit Union who is accused of stealing money from customer accounts.

According to the warrant, Jaime Sanchez Garcia, 21, was fired on Nov. 16, 2018 after it was discovered that he had reportedly been logging into customers’ accounts without authorization and transferring money into an account shared by his girlfriend and her brother.

The crime is said to have come to light after two customers complained about unauthorized transfers on their accounts. 

The warrant states that an A+FCU employee explained in a written statement that Garcia had been the teller during the victims’ most recent transactions. The man was reportedly observed on video at the same time using his phone to pull up the credit union’s mobile app. He was also observed on camera typing into his work computer — which is intended to help drive-thru customers — but there were no customers in the drive-thru at that time.

According to the warrant, one of the transactions took place on Nov. 13, when Garcia had taken off early because he had to put his dog to sleep. The vet bill was $1,771.50 and the charge was reflected in Garcia’s girlfriend’s bank account. At this time, police also found a transfer from one of the victim’s accounts in the amount of $3,000 — which was transferred into the joint account of Garcia’s girlfriend and her brother.

The calculated loss to at least five credit union members is at least $16,328.68.

Garcia — who hasn’t been arrested yet — is charged with a felony charge of theft and his bail is set at $8,000.

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