Atlanta bank employee accused of stealing $38,000 from elderly customer

ATLANTA -- A Bank of America employee is out of a job after police arrested her for allegedly stealing almost $38,000 from an 82-year-old customer.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, Desiree Hodge took advantage of the customer's trust in order to scam him out of thousands of dollars. Police said the customer trusted Hodge so much that she was the only teller he would deal with at the bank.

Police say Hodge converted two certificates of deposits owned by the victim and placed them into her own checking account, then began withdrawing cash. On several occasions, police say Hodge withdrew up to $9,800 at a time, even when the customer wasn't at the bank.

When the customer did go to the business, police say Hodges would withdraw double the amount asked for and not provide a receipt. Even after the customer noticed money missing from the account, he went to Hodge to report it.

Police say the first time the customer approached her, she did not report the missing funds at all. When the customer came back a second time, this time with a family member, Hodge filed a report, but purposely underreported the amount missing. She then allegedly tried to blame the discrepancy on the victim, telling the bank he had Alzheimer's and couldn't remember how much money he was withdrawing. However, investigators said he doesn't suffer from any sort of dementia and is described to be "as sharp as a tack."

Police charged Hodge with five counts of theft by taking by fiduciary, one count of computer theft, one county of financial exploitation of an elderly person and one county of financial identity fraud. 

She was booked into the Fulton County Jail. No court information is available at this time.

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