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Mount Kisco Bank Teller Pleads Guilty To Stealing $1.4M

Maria Rodriguez
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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – A Mount Kisco woman was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison following her Feb. 2015 guilty plea for stealing from two customers of the M&T Bank in Ossining, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Maria Rodriguez, 46, faces her prison term for pleading guilty to one count of grand larceny in the first degree, one count of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of criminal tax fraud in the third degree.

Beginning in June 2008, Rodriguez, who was employed as the branch manager of the M&T Bank, began systematically stealing from two of the bank’s customers. Rodriguez knew the first victim since the mid-1990s, who trusted the defendant to assist her with her personal banking and banking for her business, the DA said.

Over the course of five years, the defendant stole money from the victim by writing unauthorized checks to cash, making unauthorized cash withdrawals and requesting an ATM card and making unauthorized ATM withdrawals, according to the DA. The total larceny for the victim is $1,112,127.40.

The second victim is 92 years old and a former Ossining Village police officer. He would deal only with her at the bank. He thought he was withdrawing only the interest out of his bank account, when in fact the defendant was making unauthorized withdrawals worth thousands of dollars over a several-year period. The total larceny for this victim is $192,144.00.

The thefts were discovered when several of the defendant’s subordinates at the Ossining Branch called M&T Bank's whistleblower hotline to report suspicious activity. M&T Bank then initiated an internal investigation, which led the bank to refer the matter to the Ossining Village Police Department, who contacted the District Attorney’s office.

The New York State Tax Department assisted in investigating the tax charges. In addition to incarceration, the defendant has restitution judgment orders for the victims and New York State Tax.

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