Finally, the jury heard evidence that Franklin stole from Goodwyn Middle School when she worked as a bookkeeper there from September 2017 to June 2018. Evidence at trial established that she stole at least $13,216 in money and property that belonged to the school. Prosecutors say she admitted this to a Wells Fargo investigator. Prosecutors say she confessed to this too and admitted gambling with the money at casinos.
Evidence showed she gave a bank investigator a written admission to embezzling the money. The charges relate to Franklin’s time as a bank teller at BB&T between June 2015 and July 2017. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, an internal audit revealed that the vault drawers under her control were short $202,000.
The jury also heard evidence that from January 2012 to December 2014, Franklin was a personal banker at a Wells Fargo branch in downtown Montgomery. Evidence showed that in October 2014, she used her Wells Fargo credentials to get a debit card to make numerous ATM check deposits into and immediate cash withdrawals from an elderly customer’s account. Franklin was indicted by a federal grand jury in April on charges related to theft or embezzlement by a bank employee, bank fraud and wire fraud.
Copyright 2021 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. The United States Secret Service and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office investigated this case.
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