A former head bank teller has been arrested after she was allegedly caught stealing more than $107,000 from January through August 2011.
Sarah Katherine Stone, 29, was the head teller at First Community Bank, 5200 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. Auditors discovered her teller drawer short by at least $2,000 Aug. 30, 2011. During the audit, Stone excused herself to use the restroom and fled.
An audit of bank transactions revealed Stone was not processing general ledger entries. Stone maintained two sets of books.
Police say the investigation revealed Stone stole $4,100 from three customers by altering checks being cashed and keeping the money herself. Stone also had a personal account with Suncoast Schools Credit Union that suffered a loss through Stone's practice of over-drafting her account by writing checks to herself or "cash" at First Community Bank.
A warrant was issued for Stone's arrest after the discovery of more than $107,000 in missing funds.
Stone was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 9, at her residence at 655 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. She will be transported to Lee County to face charges of first-degree felony grand theft more than $100,000 and scheme to defraud.