Zions Bank teller arrested on suspicion of stealing thousands of dollars from bank patron

Posted at 7:24 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 21:24:25-05

TOOELE, Utah — A Zions Bank employee was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $43,000 from a 90-year-old customer, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

On Dec. 9, Tooele City Police were made aware of the alleged fraud occurring at the bank.

The victim, with the help of a family member, reported that after reviewing the victim’s account, suspicious withdrawals were found, according to a press release from Tooele City police.

The fraudulent withdrawals were estimated to be about $43,700, which dated back to January 2015.

Zions Bank officials identified a suspect, Stephanie Bennett, who was a teller at the branch. She had worked for Zions Bank since 2006.

“Ms. Bennett admitted to several of the fraudulent transactions and was booked into the Toeele County Jail for 22 counts of forgery and 22 counts of exploitation of an elder adult,” the release states.

The case is still under investigation and police are working with Zions Bank officials to determine if any additional transactions were completed fraudulently, against the alleged victim’s account.

Authorities are also working to identify if there are any other potential victims.

“We encourage the public to review their financial accounts often, monitor their credit reports, and immediately report suspicious activity to their financial institution and to the police,” the release states.

To report a crime, call Tooele County Dispatch at 435-882-8900.