The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted a former supervisor at collection agency GC Services on charges she tampered with checks sent by consumers, directed them to a personal bank account and forged electronic records.
Tameka Bennett-Quinn, a 10-year employee at the St. Louis area company, started the scam in May 2009 and kept going until she was caught in November, according to federal prosecutors. They allege she stole more than 100 checks that consumers sent to pay off delinquent telecom accounts.
Bennett-Quinn took individual checks, changed the name of the payee to make the checks payable to her, then deposited them into her personal bank account. She then accessed her company’s database and changed consumer records to show that the account had been paid.
A federal grand jury indicted her today on four felony counts of making forged securities and four felony counts of bank fraud. Each count of forged securities carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. Each count of bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.