A former teller for Southern Bank in Hephzibah has been charged with eight counts of felony theft by deception, accused of writing huge checks for herself from the account of a bank customer.
Tiffany Wallace, 25, of Augusta, was arrested Saturday and charged with eight counts of felony theft by deception. She is accused of stealing at least $11,980 from a Hephzibah convenience store that had an account with the bank, according to a sheriff’s report.
Wallace was a teller for the bank on Highway 88 when she allegedly made out several cashier’s checks from the account of the store over a seven-month period, including:
- A cashier’s check for $6,000 in June
- A cashier’s check for $4,800 in February
- A cashier’s check for $2,180 in December
Wallace allegedly made out cashier’s checks for “Cash”and cashed them for herself without the knowledge or permission of the store that was accounting with the bank.
Apparently, the store’s owner was unaware of all the missing funds from his Southern Bank account, but noticed the $6,000 in June and contacted the bank. Later, the bank reviewed Wallace’s work and found additional checks with money taken from the customer, a report says.
Wallace was charged Saturday and released over the weekend after meeting bond requirements.