LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A former employee is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 from the bank at which she worked, authorities said.
When she was arrested, Julie B. Cormier, 56, of Vinton, had left the bank and was working for another bank, according to Kim Myers, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name, then used funds from other customers' accounts to pay the loan notes, Myers said.
Myers said detectives began investigating on Dec. 19, after receiving a report of bank fraud from the bank. Auditors working for the bank discovered that Cormier had stolen approximately $47,500.
Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name from May 2013 until June 2018, Myers said. She did so without the customer’s consent or knowledge and received the money. She then fraudulently used funds from other customers' accounts to pay the notes.
Myers said Cormier told detectives she was responsible for obtaining the loan as well as drafting the other accounts to make the loan payments.
Cormier was arrested Feb. 1 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on one count of bank fraud and six counts of identity theft. She was released later the same day on $25,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.
Det. Edward Curol is the lead investigator.