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Southington Woman Charged in Scheme to Steal Money from Bank Accounts

Police said Wednesday the woman was constantly moving funds between TD Bank customer accounts and skimming off the top en route to the theft of $175,000 over an 11-month period.

A Southington woman is facing various charges including first-degree larceny and computer crimes after police said she was involved in an ongoing scheme to steal money and transfer funds between TD Bank customer accounts in order to avoid detection.

Amanda Callahan, 31, was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court earlier this month after turning herself into the Southington Police Department on Oct. 5 when she learned there was an active warrant for her arrest.

Callahan, of 66 Stuart Drive in Southington, is facing charges of first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crimes and 92 counts of second-degree forgery according to police records and the state Judicial Branch website. She was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond, according to court records.

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Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said this week that the arrest stems from an ongoing scheme between April 2011 and March 2012 when Callahan was working as a teller at TD Bank in Southington.

During this time, it was discovered that Callahan was allegedly operating a scheme in which money was taken from several accounts and then when issues were discovered, police said she would then move other funds to try and cover her tracks.

The alleged fraud operated similar to a ponzi scheme, according to the police report, with approximately $175,000 involved as a result of the constant transfers.

“It was found that she moved over monies between different accounts and was attempting to put the stolen funds back into the victims account,” Dobratz said. The reimbursements were made only as customers brought issues up.”

TD Bank’s fraud division discovered the alleged scheme, police said, and it was reported to detectives by both the fraud division and the victim on the same day.

Callahan has not entered any pleas for the charges and is due back in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 24.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxrot October 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
She had a good scam running for almost a year. But then she got greedy and blew the whole thing
Liz Noonan October 19, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I hate this girl! She sux! She did my mortgage with Rick Veilloux and the way he is he was problably involved too! They were the two worst people to ever deal with. I should have gone somewhere else to get my mortgage! Getting my mortgage was the shadiest deal ever. This girl sux very very bad!
Carry Openhoften October 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
A fine example of wealth redistribution. Obamanomics 101. Well funded highly trained Marxman are teaching it in our public schools currently, go watch.
Robert Vitali October 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Here we go again, first they lose my account information and inconvience me and hundreds or maybe thousands of clients. Now they have a Ponze scheme going on right under their noses. Lets get it together TD Bank or I'm out of your bank.
Mabec October 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
my son had most of his savings transferred to some thief from a bank of America account by the name of "King Lane inc". The money was first moved from his saving to his checking then transferred to the thief. Two transactions for a total of 18k, TD bank was not very forward at first in telling my son if his money would be returned. It was eventually. After a week.

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