A surprise audit last month at a TD Bank branch in New Hyde Park led to the arrest of a bank teller Wednesday, police said.
Nassau County police said Raquel Benjamin, 28, of 146th Street, Springfield Gardens, Queens, was arrested at her home and charged with third-degree grand larceny after it was determined she had removed $4,000 in cash from a bank drawer at the TD Bank branch on March 25 — taking it for personal use.
She now faces arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.
Police said that the morning after Benjamin allegedly stole the cash, TD Bank announced a surprise audit at the branch on Hillside Avenue, telling Benjamin she was “not to receive any customers.” Police said that, learning of the audit, Benjamin went to another teller and requested she be sold $4,000 in large bills — in effect, a money transfer between two tellers — and told the second teller she would account for the difference with a transaction order later. She then placed the cash in her own cash drawer, police said. But when auditors confronted Benjamin about the off-the-books transaction, she denied it.
An internal investigation determined Benjamin had requested the cash transfer hoping it would cover the missing funds until auditors had completed their surprise audit, after which she planned to account for the transfer with the other teller and cover the cash she’d swiped, police said. Instead, the scheme unraveled, police said, leading to her arrest.