Former bank employee accused of stealing nearly $11K

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BRATTLEBORO — A Bellows Falls women stands accused of stealing nearly $11,000 while employed as a customer service representative at People's United Bank on The Square.

According to an affidavit filed in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, Britain Davignon, 36, came to the attention of the Bellows Falls Police Department after the department received a report from the bank of a theft by a former employee. According to court documents, Davignon was terminated from her employment on Aug. 29.

"A review of Britain's questioned transactions showed that she was filling out withdrawal slips, signing the name of the account holder and taking the cash out of the drawer before putting it in her purse below her station counter," wrote Officer Michael Keefe.

Keefe noted the account Davignon was drawing money from — totaling $3,465.25 — belonged to her mother and grandfather. Davignon also drew a total of $7,213.44 from three accounts belonging to an elderly Westminster woman, wrote Keefe. The transactions, a total of 25, occurred between March 15 and Aug. 22, according to the affidavit.

Keefe received a human resources report from the bank in which Davignon admitted to taking the money from the accounts. Keefe then met with Davignon on Sept. 12, at which time she said she had "a gambling addiction that was the driving force behind her taking the money from these accounts ..."

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Davignon also told Keefe that she took the money to support her children "without having the help of her boyfriend who lives in the home with her."

Davignon insisted she had permission from her mother to take the money out the accounts but when Keefe spoke with Davignon's mother, she denied giving her permission.

Davignon told Keefe she took the money from the Westminster woman's account to replace the money she had taken from her mother's and grandfather's account.

A representative from People's United Bank told Keefe the bank had reimbursed the elderly women her losses "thus making the bank the victim in this case."

Davignon was arraigned on Nov. 4 and charged with one count of embezzlement and seven counts of falsely representing herself to receive money that did not belong to her. She was released with conditions.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.


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