Former Wells Fargo teller charged with stealing $100Kby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A former Wells Fargo teller has been indicted in federal court with stealing $100,000 from two customer accounts, prosecutors announced Friday.
Aiesha Kara Renee Matthews, 27, of Eden Prairie, was charged with two counts of wire fraud.
According to the indictment, Matthews in July transferred funds from two customers' bank accounts to another account she controlled.
Wells Fargo was able to retract some of the money, so the actual loss was $41,000, prosecutors said.
A company spokesperson declined to comment on the specific charges, citing privacy concerns, but issued a brief statement Friday afternoon.
"Our customers' funds are safe and secure at Wells Fargo, and we are committed to serving our customers with excellence and integrity," the statement said. "Our focus is on keeping the customer at the center of everything we do, and we start every discussion with what's best for them. We do not tolerate unethical behavior and we take immediate, corrective action if it occurs."
Matthews made her initial court appearance on Wednesday.
(MPR reporter Madeleine Baran contributed to this report.)