Two Steamboat bank tellers acused of stealing $1.2M from accounts |

Two Steamboat bank tellers acused of stealing $1.2M from accounts

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. ” Two Steamboat Springs bank tellers are accused of stealing about $1.2 million from customers’ accounts.

Pamela Jean Williams and Terri Dawn Moody Fatka were arrested Thursday and were free on $20,000 bond.

They were arrested on suspicion of felony theft and forgery. Each faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said five victims have been identified but more may come forward. Police urged customers to carefully check their bank statements.

“This is the largest theft that we’ve seen in terms of a dollar amount,” said Rae, who has been with the department 12 years.

Police and Routt County sheriff’s deputies began investigating in January after customers at Alpine Bank reported money was missing from their accounts.

Williams at Fatka had worked at Alpine, but they were employed by Bank of the West when they were arrested. Police were investigating whether any Bank of the West customers lost money.

The losses at Alpine took place over the last 2 1/2 years, about the same period Williams and Fatka worked there, Rae said. Both women left in the last week of December, and both began working at Bank of the West within a week of each other, Rae said.

Bank representatives either declined to comment or did not return calls.

Williams is from Milner and Fatka lives in unincorporated Routt County. Both are 41.

A man who answered a phone number listed for Fatka hung up without commenting. A phone number for Williams could not be found.

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