Prison time for teller who stole from dead customer's bank account
A former bank teller will spend one year in federal prison after he allegedly stole more than $190,000 dollars from the account of a customer who had passed away.
Armando Ruben Aleman appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez in McAllen on Thursday morning.
Judge Alvarez sentenced the former Compass Bank teller to 12 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $61,772 in restitution to his former employer.
Aleman pleaded guilty earlier this year to withdrawing cash and forging cashier TMs checks in the deceased client TMs name at a bank branch in Mission back.
The customer had died in March 2007 but Aleman allegedly raided the account in February 2012.
The 28-year-old teller admitted that he transferred the funds into an account he opened at Chase Bank using a stolen identity from another customer.
According to federal prosecutors, the executor to the deceased client's last will and testament discovered the funds were missing from the account in October 2012.
The discovery prompted a U.S. Secret Service investigation that ended with Aleman's arrest in January 2013.
The bank paid the deceased client's heir the full amount and managed to recover most of the funds but Aleman spent the $61,772 before the scheme was discovered.
The deceased customer's heir testified at Aleman's sentencing on Thursday morning.
The heir told Judge Alvarez that while he harbored no resentment toward Aleman, the former bank teller had brought the consequences of his crime upon himself through his actions.