The Courier Post Online reports that a former switchboard operator for TD Bank in Mount Laurel provided customer information to accomplices who withdrew more than $200,000 from victims’ accounts. Talayah Little, 26, of Hainesport, conspired with a co-worker to obtain computerized customer data, such as account and driver’s license numbers. Other ring members then used the information to make phony photo IDs, which were used by “check runners,” to withdraw funds. Members of the ring made more than 30 withdrawals, usually requesting between $4,000 and $8,000, in February and March of last year. Little’s role was brief, largely due to an internal investigation by TD Bank and the efforts of Mount Laurel police. Once TD Bank determined that the employees were accessing accounts without authorization, the employees were terminated and could no longer provide information to the others involved.
The scheme targeted at least 13 customers, with check runners making withdrawals from Cape May to New York City. Check runners typically were driven from Philadelphia to TD Banks in New Jersey and New York. Authorities said Little was recruited into the scheme in January 2009 by a co-conspirator, whose name was not released. She then enlisted a co-worker, identified in the indictment only as A.W.
Little was indicted Thursday on charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud and identity theft. She is also charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Little faces a potential maximum sentence of 57 years in jail and a fine of up to $4 million.