Assistant Operation’s Manager at Irvine Bank is Accused of Fraud

The Santa Ana branch of the U.S. Attorney’s office is pursuing a bank fraud charge against a Los Angeles County resident who worked as an assistant operation’s manager at an Irvine bank.

According to federal prosecutors, Kathleen K. Hanley of Long Beach spent from May 2017 to June 2018 executing a scheme that took advantage of her knowledge of internal paperwork procedures to misdirect more than $27,000 from her employer, California First National Bank (CFNB).

Hanley, who was born in 1976, began working at CFNB in Jan. 2015 as a customer service representative and won promotion in Nov. 2017 to the managment position.

According to court records, the defendant used both jobs in the alleged scam.

“Hanley would prepare cashier’s check request forms and ask other CFNB employees to sign those forms,” prosecutors said. “She then would falsely represent to those employees that the cashier’s checks would be given as interest payments to bank customers for whom CFNB had waived early withdraw fees or interest payments to customers with large money market accounts or a return of deposits to bank customers.”

Hanley has not yet entered a plea in the case which will proceed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

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