‘Creator’ of Credit Union mobile ATM charged with stealing $75,000

HAPO employee charged with major theft from ATM van (Google Street View)

HAPO employee charged with major theft from ATM van (Google Street View)

Court documents say the worker stole at least $75,000 from the credit union.

Worker who helped create awareness program for mobile banking and ATMs charged

Recently filed court documents, as well as information from the Tri-City Heraldreport that a HAPO Community Credit Union employee allegedly stole at least $75,000 from the ATM of his mobile banking unit.

A few years ago you may remember seeing the large black and gold HAPO van at various public events, including the Benton Franklin Fair. The converted large van had several workers who could perform banking transactions for members, and it also housed an ATM. This was part of a mobile outreach program that Meaghan Brooks, 40 helped create.

Now the woman faces charges in Benton County Superior Court for tampering with the machine to allow her to steal thousands of dollars.

An investigation began in January this year when an audit showed evidence that the machine had been tampered with, allowing withdrawals to be made without necessarily triggering the machine’s record-keeping programs. Brooks was responsible for filling and servicing the machine before it was used for public events, but an investigation showed she had done so on several occasions without another worker present, which that violates HAPO and banking policies.

Apparently the power cables had been disconnected, which made the machine look like it was working, but it would process transactions.

According to Herald, at least seven thefts took place and she handed in a letter of resignation three days after being informed of the investigation on January 28. Court records indicate that Brooks admitted to taking the money when confronted.

She is charged with first degree theft with a major economic offence. This additional part will likely allow (if found guilty) an expanded range of sentencing.

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