Longtime N.J. bank employee stole $50,000, authorities say

Original article: http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2016/03/longtime_south_jersey_bank_employee_stole_50000_au.html

By Bill Gallo Jr. | For NJ.com


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Connie M. Girtain of Pennsville has been charged with theft by deception. (Pennsville Police Department)

PENNSVILLE TWP. — A former longtime employee of a local bank has been charged with stealing $50,000, authorities said.

Connie M. Girtain, 47, who worked at of Pennsville National Bank’s home branch on South Broadway was charged with theft by deception, according to Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan and Pennsville Chief of Police Allen J. Cummings.

Girtain was taken into custody at her home Monday on Eaton Road in Pennsville.

She had worked at the bank for nine years, but had been terminated in February. At the time she was let go, she was a customer service representative, authorities said.

The investigation into Girtain’s case began when officials from Pennsville National Bank contacted law enforcement, reporting what they said were discrepancies in several of Girtain’s transactions.

After a three-week probe, authorities charged Girtain.

Investigators from the prosecutor’s office and Pennsville Police Department also executed a search warrant at her home Monday and recovered evidence they say is related to the investigation.

She allegedly pocketed $50,000, authorities said. They did not elaborate on how Girtain allegedly took the funds.

“This was an isolated, unfortunate event that was limited to a small number of our customers, said Pennsville National Bank President Bob Vanderslice. “As soon as management became aware of the event the employee was terminated and the information was turned over to the authorities for investigation.”

After being charged, Girtain was released after posting 10 percent of her $25,000 bail.