Friday, September 5, 2008

Cash on the go

Good questions asked; Why did she have keys and codes to the bank?

Bank worker, 20, is indicted
Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

It probably wasn't too difficult for law officers to pinpoint who might have stolen more than $93,000 from an International Bank of Commerce branch in Castle Hills early Aug. 11.
Someone turned the security alarm off and on using a code assigned to a bank employee; $3,256 vanished from the employee's bank teller drawer; and $90,000 was gone from the bank vault (except the marked bills that can be traced after a robbery), according to federal court documents.

What's more, surveillance videotape showed two people leaving the bank at 2:05 a.m. Aug. 11 — and one was identified by the bank as a person resembling teller Andrea Nicole Clawson, 20. The heist took nine minutes.

A federal grand jury indicted Clawson on Wednesday on a charge of theft by a bank employee. The FBI arrested her Aug. 25 upon her return to San Antonio from a road trip with a childhood friend, according to a criminal complaint affidavit unsealed Wednesday.

The affidavit said another bank employee discovered the money missing after the bank opened for business Aug. 11. After observing the clues linking the missing money to Clawson, the unnamed employee called Clawson's cell phone but couldn't reach her, the affidavit said.
About 11 a.m. that day, the affidavit said, that employee received a text message from Clawson's cell phone that said: “In hospital. Car accident. Battery dying.”

FBI agents later learned from relatives of Clawson and the childhood friend that the pair took a cross-country trip. The friend, Matthew Frank Nunelly, is under investigation as “a possible accomplice,” said federal prosecutor Richard Durbin, who heads the U.S. attorney's office's criminal division. Nunelly has not been charged.

IBC spokesman Danny Garza refused to say how long Clawson worked for the bank or what she did but said that IBC is cooperating with authorities.