Financial crimes against senior citizens are nothing new in Southwest Florida. We hear about them on an almost daily basis. There are constant warnings from law enforcement agencies to alert the elderly population in the area to be aware of scams. And usually when it does happen, bank tellers are the last line of defense. "Most of the time the bank employees are the ones who call up and say hey there is something funny going on with your account. In this case though it happened to be the bank employee herself" Said Captain Tom Lewis of the Punta Gorda Police Department.
According to reports from the Punta Gorda Police, over the last year, 49 year old teller Vania F. Baurer stole more than 50 thousand dollars from an 80 year old client at Bank United in Punta Gorda. The woman's daughter discovered the transgression and called the bank. When she called, Baurer answered the phone. When the daughter asked for documentation regarding her mothers account, Baurer sent the daughter forged documents to mislead her. The bank had no comment about Baurer or the case but in official arrest reports, Baurer lists her employment status as unemployed. According to the Punta Gorda Police Department, the bank has promised to refund all of the money to the victim
"They certainly had no idea this was going on and once they found out they cooperated in the investigation and really did it right." Said Lewis. Baurer was booked in the Charlote County Jail and released on $25,000.00 bond. No one answered the door at the Baurer home today.