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Former bank worker faces computer, ID theft charges

Published 3:22 pm, Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Madalena Abrams, 48, of Bridgeport, is facing multiple charges of computer crime and identity theft. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    Madalena Abrams, 48, of Bridgeport, is facing multiple charges of computer crime and identity theft. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A former TD Bank employee faces multiple charges of computer crime and identity theft after police said she filled out fraudulent credit card applications at a local bank office to boost her annual bonus.

Madalena Abrams, 48, of Magnolia Street in Bridgeport, was arrested on a warrant Thursday and charged with 18 counts of fifth-degree computer crime and 17 counts of third-degree identity theft. She was arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court later that day.

According to police, a bank audit discovered that Abrams was using customer account information without their knowledge or consent, and submitting credit card applications in their names, according to the report. The credit card applications apparently counted as points toward Abrams' annual bonus, police said.

The investigation began last year when Abrams was working at the TB Bank branch on Black Rock Turnpike. She submitted a credit card application in June in the name of a former co-worker from Fairfield County Bank. That co-worker denied ever applying for the card.

Abrams submitted another application in that same co-worker's name a few days later, and this time, he said he had made the application. During the audit, bank investigators found Abrams had used the names and information for 14 different customers, sometimes more than once. The customers all denied making the application or authorizing Abrams to do so.

Police said Abrams was fired by the bank for falsifying documents.