Former bank officer pleads guilty to $40,000 theft

July 19, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

An assistant bank manager charged with stealing more than $40,000 from customers' accounts has pleaded guilty to forgery and theft in Circuit Court.

Susan M. Wozniak, of the unit block of Sheraton Road in Randallstown, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of felony theft for stealing from the Key Federal Savings Bank in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike, the Ellicott City branch where she worked.

Wozniak, 28, also pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery, one for each of the accounts from which she stole money. She admitted signing customers' names on withdrawal slips and taking as little as $500 to as much as $6,400 from last August to January.

Judge Cornelius Sybert requested that the parole and probation department schedule a presentencing hearing, which will examine Wozniak's background, employment history and other facts, before he sentences her Sept. 8.

Assistant State's Attorney William Cookson had asked for a five-year suspended sentence with six months in jail. But William Kirkpatrick, Wozniak's lawyer, requested a five-year probation sentence so that she can pay restitution.

According to charging documents, Wozniak forged the signatures of seven account holders on withdrawal slips over a five-month period.

Bank officials concerned about discrepancies in several accounts called police to investigate.

In each discrepancy, Wozniak's teller code appeared on the withdrawal slip, and during each transaction, bank videotapes recorded no customer standing at the teller window.

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