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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Peabody, Massachusetts bank teller sentenced in fraud case

A former bank teller from Peabody has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for stealing customer account information that led to the theft of more than $330,000.Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Jeffrey Gautreaux pleaded guilty to multiple counts of bank and identity fraud.Authorities say while work as a teller at a Bank of America branch, Gautreaux used his access to bank customer data to steal customer names and account information from November 2004 to February 2006. He then sold the information to someone who did not work for the bank, usually for $2,000 per account.Gautreaux was also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $270,000 in restitution.The thefts were first noticed by a customer.

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