FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A former employee of a Fairfield bank branch was charged with using stolen information to open credit card accounts for 14 people, according to police reports.
Fraud investigators at TD BankNorth asked Fairfield Police to investigate a case involving an employee at the company’s Black Rock Turnpike branch last October, police say.
Bank officials told police they became suspicious when the suspect filed two credit card applications for the same person in one week, according to the police report. The person on the application denied requesting the card after being contacted by investigators, police say.
Investigators found that the suspect had applied for credit cards using the names of 14 people, in some cases multiple times, according to the police report. The woman did not use the cards to make any charges, but by opening the accounts she increased her yearly bonus, police say.
Madalena Abrams, 48, of Bridgeport, was arrested on a warrant Thursday. She was charged with 17 counts of third-degree identity theft, a felony, and 18 counts of fifth-degree computer crime, a misdemeanor. She was released on a promise to appear in court Thursday.