Former Wells Fargo teller pleads guilty to bank fraud

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 24-year-old Jacksonville woman pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of bank fraud and now faces up to 30 years in federal prison for each count.

Patricia Drake was indicted on May 7.

According to court documents, on Dec. 5 a Wells Fargo Bank customer in Jacksonville contacted the bank to discuss his concerns regarding unauthorized withdrawals from his bank account. After an internal review of the matter, Wells Fargo Bank identified a series of fraudulent withdrawals from the victim's bank account.

Drake, a Wells Fargo Bank employee, was identified as the teller who had handled every fraudulent withdrawal. The investigation revealed that the victim was not present in the bank branch on the days when the withdrawals took place, including days when withdrawals were made by counter withdrawal slips.

U.S. Secret Service agents later interviewed Drake about the fraudulent bank withdrawals. Drake said that while using the victim's bank account number, she made multiple unauthorized withdrawals from the victim's bank account.

Drake also said that she was not sure how many transactions were completed or the total amount of money stolen from the victim's account. She did not think the victim would notice the withdrawals quickly because he had a larger account balance.

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