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Bank of America teller stole $160,000 from customer accounts Reuters

Police in the US state of New York have charged a woman with stealing nearly $160,000 from a customer's accounts at an upstate bank where she worked.

State troopers say 33-year-old Alicia Smarro, of Troy, was arrested late on Monday (4 December) on charges that include grand larceny, falsifying business records and identity theft.

Case investigators say Smarro used her position as a teller for Bank of America to withdraw about $160,000 from two savings accounts belonging to a customer.

The alleged thefts occurred in Albany and Rensselaer counties neighbouring Troy, over a one-year period ending this past March.

The victim has since been reimbursed by Bank of America. State troopers add that Smarro had been fired by the bank because of an unrelated matter.

She's being held in the Albany County Jail. It couldn't be learned from prosecutors if she had a lawyer.