Bank teller steals credit card and goes on shopping spree

IBC Bank // Brownsville

An alleged inside job at a bank lands two people behind bars.

Brownsville investigators said a teller at a local bank took a credit card.

He and some friends then went on a shopping spree.

Action 4 News spoke to the victim who said she didn't think twice about handing her card over to the man behind the counter.

"It TMs very disappointing when you find out it TMs a bank employee you know that was face to face with you," said the credit card fraud victim.

We TMre calling this woman Bee.

She requested not to show her face, but told Action 4 News she felt violated and her trust shattered.

"I did notice that he put it in his desk, but I did not think of any suspicion what so ever because it TMs the bank. Your trust is in the bank, your money is in the bank, your identity is in the bank, Bee said.

Unfortunately for Bee, this was not the case.

She said Christian De La Pena was working as a teller at an IBC bank off Alton Gloor.

Bee said she went to there to replace her credit card, but Brownsville police said what happened next was criminal.

"The credit card company called her and told her there was some suspicious activity on her card and once they found out it was being charged she came and filed a complaint and ultimately ended up in the arrest of these two suspects," said Brownsville Police spokesperson Investigator J.J. Trevino.

Police believe De La Pena charged the VISA then passed it off to Rocio Dominguez and another suspect who also made several purchases.

Both have been charged with credit card abuse, fraudulent use and possession of identifying information.

While Bee is glad that two of the suspects were caught and even though her credit card company reimbursed her for the fraudulent purchases, she said trust is a different story.

"One of the employees was actually monitoring my account daily to make sure I didn TMt overdraft," said Bee.

She said she'll now be looking at her credit cards statements more closely.

Brownsville police say this is an active case and more arrests are pending.