BRISTOL – A Terryville woman charged with embezzling a little over $17,000 from a Bristol bank where she was employed has applied for a program that could spare her prosecution.
Amanda Morin, 27, applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation on Friday in Bristol Superior Court. She will learn on Dec. 22 whether a judge believes the program is appropriate.
While on AR, Morin could be placed on a form of pretrial probation for up to two years. If she completes it without any new arrests and fulfills any other court-ordered conditions, one count of second-degree larceny filed against her would be dropped.
Morin - who is free on a $10,000 non-surety bond - has been accused of altering night deposit forms and pocketing the excess cash while she was working at Santander Bank, at 6 Federal St. According to the arrest warrant in the case, a bank representative contacted police on Feb. 22 and said he believed Morin – a former teller at Santander who was fired on Feb. 14 – had “skimmed money” from a business customer of the bank.
An investigation conducted by the bank – the results of which were turned over to police – revealed that Morin had been altering night deposits from one particular client at the bank. After changing the amount on the deposit, she would pocket the excess cash, police allege. The total amount taken from 102 altered deposits was $17,080 between September and February, according to the warrant.
When confronted by the bank, the warrant said, Morin agreed to pay them all the money she had as partial restitution – $3,000. The bank was still out about $14,000.
The bank’s investigation also included a confession from Morin, according to police. In it, she said she began taking money after realizing one client of the bank didn’t review their deposits very often and made numerous errors in them, the warrant said.
Police attempted to speak with Morin during the investigation, but she told an officer she would contact him after consulting with an attorney. She did not get back to the policeman.
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