Ex-official guilty in bank theft
A former vice president at a local bank who was accused of embezzling up to $650,000 in cash may end up going to prison.
Anna Jones, 53, formerly Bank of Colorado’s vice president of teller operations at the 200 Grand Ave. branch, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony theft of more than $20,000, first-degree trespassing and one count of violating probation.
She faces a maximum possible 12 years in prison during sentencing on Sept. 11. District Judge Richard Gurley could also impose probation.
Jones was arrested in November 2012 after a 17-month Grand Junction Police Department investigation.
Bank of Colorado reported suspicions about Jones to police in March 2011, after an audit by a corporate fraud officer, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She’d worked there since 1991 before being fired.
Jones, at the time of her firing, supervised all tellers at the Grand Avenue bank branch.
An audit showed the general ledger had shortages dating back to April 30, 2009, adding up to $650,000.
The audit found tellers’ individual drawers had no suspicious activity, the affidavit said. Several employees passed polygraph examinations by their employers.
“Anna Jones was the only person with access and control to access the vault and control the numbers and employees to make the difference go unnoticed,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, accounting documents were “completed in pencil, and on several of the lines numbers appeared to have been written, erased, and overwritten with other numbers. Several employees said while they never participated in regular audits of the cash, they were given audit paperwork by Jones, their boss, who had them sign off, the affidavit said.
A bank employee told investigators that Jones on Jan. 17, 2011, appeared “intoxicated or high” at the bank. “At that time, Anna was stuffing cash into various places on her clothing, including her bra, which (employee) believed to be unusual,” the affidavit said.
Under court order, authorities found Jones had some 13 open credit accounts, including two mortgages, two vehicles and eight credit cards, with monthly payments totalling $4,245, the affidavit said.