On January 31, 2011, investigators received information that an employee of Teche Federal Bank, 31-year-old Brandy Rogers of New Iberia, LA, had used her position to fraudulently obtain funds.
Based on the evidence gathered investigators were able to determine that Rogers, who was employed as a customer service representative, targeted elderly people who opened accounts with the bank.
Over the course of several months, Rogers withdrew money from these accounts and deposited it in different factitious accounts she created. Rogers would then purchase goods, and make cash withdrawals from the created accounts.
In all Rogers obtained approximately $280,000. Based on this and other evidence gathered, investigators were able to secure an arrest warrant as well as a search warrant for Rogers and her residence.
Yesterday evening investigators with all the agencies involved executed the warrants at Rogers’ home in New Iberia.
Investigators seized several items from the residence which were purchased with the stolen funds. Items which were seized during the search may be permanently seized at a later date.
Rogers was taken into custody without incident at her home and booked into the Iberia Parish Correctional Center for unauthorized use of an access card for theft, identity theft, theft of assets of an aged person, bank fraud, forgery, computer fraud, and money laundering.
The case is being forwarded to federal prosecutors for possible federal prosecution.
“In the days of ever changing technology it is important that all levels of law enforcement work together to combat fraud,” says Col. Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.
“We will continue working with our partners in law enforcement to make sure that those persons who prey on other peoples identities are found brought to justice.”