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Former bank worker faces computer, ID theft charges
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:50:11 -0400


A former TD Bank employee faces multiple charges of computer crime and
identity theft after police said she filled out fraudulent credit card
applications at a local bank office to boost her annual bonus.

Madalena Abrams, 48, of Magnolia Street in Bridgeport, was arrested on
a warrant Thursday and charged with 18 counts of fifth-degree computer
crime and 17 counts of third-degree identity theft. She was arraigned
in Bridgeport Superior Court later that day.

According to police, a bank audit discovered that Abrams was using
customer account information without their knowledge or consent, and
submitting credit card applications in their names, according to the
report. The credit card applications apparently counted as points
toward Abrams' annual bonus, police said.

The investigation began last year when Abrams was working at the TB
Bank branch on Black Rock Turnpike. She submitted a credit card
application in June in the name of a former co-worker fromFairfield
County Bank. That co-worker denied ever applying for the card.

Abrams submitted another application in that same co-worker's name a
few days later, and this time, he said he had made the application.
During the audit, bank investigators found Abrams had used the names
and information for 14 different customers, sometimes more than once.
The customers all denied making the application or authorizing Abrams
to do so.

Police said Abrams was fired by the bank for falsifying documents.
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