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Bank teller accused of using 'alias' to run theft scheme

4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, January 30 2019 Jan 30, 2019 January 30, 2019 7:34 AM January 30, 2019 in Crime
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – A man used a scheme built around a fake identity to secure a job at a credit union where he stole more than $40,000 from accounts, the bank involved and police said Wednesday.

Damian Raby, 35, was booked with two counts of identity theft and two counts of bank fraud in crimes. According to arrest records obtained by WBRZ, Raby worked as a teller and helped others steal the money.

In the first case, which was reported Jan. 1, the thieves were able to get a fake identification card and cash a $15,500 cashier's check. In the second, which occurred Jan. 9, a different thief was able to get a fake ID card and steal $28,000 in multiple transactions, according to police records.

Police said Raby confessed to writing down information from accounts and providing it to others involved in the scheme. The non-bank employees then paid Raby in cash, according to police records.

Details about who else is involved were not available.

It appeared in a statement from EFCU Financial, that Raby worked there and lied about who he was to get a job.

Bankers said Raby was known by an alias and passed a background check because he used a relative’s social security number and identity. He even went so far as to use a fake photograph of himself, the bank said.

The four accounts affected by the scheme were refunded lost money, EFCU Financial said in a news release.

While isolated, the bank said the incident will lead to an extensive review within the office.

“...We are in the process of reviewing all of our background screenings to see if there is anything that can be done to prevent this in the future,” the bank said in its statement.

A man matching Raby’s name was tied to a scheme at an area hospital ten years ago where patient’s identities were stolen.

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