Former Marble Falls bank employee allegedly bilked customer out of $17,000

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — A former bank employee faces time behind bars after she allegedly “diverted” money from a customer’s account into a second one with her and her boyfriend’s names on it.

Marble Falls police charged Lacie Danielle Turner, 21, with misapplication of fiduciary property (elderly victim), a third-degree felony, after an investigation revealed she allegedly used her position as an employee to take money from a 67-year-old man who opened an account in April.

A bank manager with IBC Bank in Marble Falls contacted the police after a customer learned an estate account he had opened April 12 and deposited more than $17,000 in had been closed without his knowledge and the funds gone.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit prepared by Marble Falls Police Sgt. Steven Eckstein and signed by Marble Falls Municipal Judge Cheryl Pounds, the woman who worked at the bank helped an elderly man open the estate account. But on the same day, the woman added her boyfriend’s name as an owner as well to the 67-year-old customer’s account, the affidavit stated.

The customer later told officials he never authorized another name to be placed on the account, according to the affidavit.

Four days after assisting the 67-year-old customer with opening the estate account, the woman allegedly transferred the funds to another account in her and her boyfriend’s names, then closed the original one, according to the affidavit.

The woman then left work at about 11 a.m. April 16 and never returned.

The alleged victim contacted the bank to check on the account but was informed it was closed.

Police arrested the woman May 2 and booked her into the Burnet County Jail. She posted a $10,000 bond and was released the following day.

Police are still investigating the case to determine if the woman’s boyfriend was knowingly involved in it.

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