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Ex-bank branch manager sentenced to federal prison for stealing over $1M from a customer with dementia

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A former branch manager of a financial institution in Tustin has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison after FBI investigation revealed that she stole greater than $1 million from a male customer with dementia and used the cash to gamble and purchase luxurious gadgets, authorities said on Monday.

Marie Fulle, 38, pleaded responsible to two counts of financial institution fraud, in accordance to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. She was sentenced January 25, and in addition ordered to pay $1,091,230 in restitution as well as to time in prison.

Authorities mentioned she focused the aged man with dementia and carried out his banking actions throughout one-on-one classes from February 2013 to April 2014 and due to this fact out of the view of different financial institution staff and safety cameras.

Fulle of New Port Beach was a branch manager at a Comerica financial institution in Tustin. She “cultivated an exclusive banking relationship” with the sufferer, opened varied financial institution accounts with him and “used them to create a confusing web in which she could hide unauthorized transfers, and forged withdrawals with cashier’s checks,” officers mentioned.

Fulle reportedly embezzled greater than $43,000 over six transactions between February and May of 2013, and after she didn’t get an anticipated promotion at work, Fulle embezzled far more quantities of the sufferer’s cash.

Prosecutors say she modified the tackle for one of many sufferer’s accounts to stop the statements from being delivered to him and his bookkeeper. After she modified the tackle on the account, “significant amounts of the victim’s money began flowing through it,” authorities mentioned.

She then used the funds to pay for Tiffany jewellery, at the least one Louis Vuitton bag, spa days for herself and her boyfriend on the time and playing journeys to Las Vegas, officers mentioned.

Fulle was fired from the financial institution in April 2014 when she was caught embezzling cash from her money drawer. When the financial institution found the fraud in opposition to the sufferer, it reimbursed him almost $1.3 million for disputed transactions that Fulle processed, misplaced curiosity and attorneys’ charges, officers mentioned.

In whole, Fulle price the sufferer $1,057,230. The barely increased restitution quantity of $1,091,230 which she was ordered to pay as well as to prison sentence, consists of the sufferer’s attorneys’ charges, in accordance to the report.