Bank employee accused of stealing from customers

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HOUSTON - A bank manager has been accused of stealing money from customers.

Hannah Gonzales, 24, was arrested Tuesday after an 11-count indictment was filed against her.

Gonzales was an assistant branch manager for the International Bank of Commerce.

Investigators said that in 2010 and 2011, Gonzales withdrew money from customers' CD accounts without their permission. Most of the customers Gonzales targeted were either elderly or out of the country, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gonzales was fired by the bank in July 2011, but she had already taken nearly $100,000 by that time, detectives said.

Prosecutors said Gonzales also took money from her teller boxes, conducted transactions when there wasn't a customer and stole customers' cash deposits instead of putting the money in her teller box.

Audits determined that Gonzales' teller boxes were short about $24,000, officials said.

If convicted, Gonzales would face up to 30 years in prison per charge and a fine of up to $1 million.

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