A Brooklyn bank teller has been charged with succumbing to the illicit temptation of bank tellers everywhere, allegedly funneling $80,000 from various customer accounts to pay her own family's bills.
According to the Kings County DA, 27-year-old Janese Ferguson is accused of using her job as a teller at Signature Bank in Downtown Brooklyn to make 58 unauthorized transactions from 13 different accounts between December 2012 and April 2014, netting a total of $80,235.38 of other people's money.
A complaint alleges that Ferguson made the transactions between herself, her husband and her mother, using the money to pay off her own student loan bills and her mother's credit card bills, in addition to Western Union wire transfers to her husband, Randell. Some of the transactions were completed electronically, but Ferguson also allegedly went to the trouble of making counterfeit checks, which she sent to collection agencies on behalf of her husband.
Ferguson is charged with second degree grand larceny, second degree forgery, second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first degree identity theft. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.