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UPDATE: SCV bank teller charged with stealing from customers

Posted: July 23, 2014 2:41 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 4:49 p.m.

A Valencia man who worked as a bank teller in the Santa Clarita area faces four felony counts for allegedly stealing more than $24,000 from customers, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Samuel Jose Godinez, 25, was charged Wednesday with two counts of grand theft of personal property and one count of theft from an elder, according to the District Attorney’s office. 

He also stands accused of knowingly writing multiple bad checks.

Godinez worked as a teller at Wells Fargo in the Santa Clarita area and allegedly used bank information to steal more than $24,000 from two bank customers between January and April, according to the District Attorney’s office.

A Newhall man contacted deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in January and reported unauthorized transactions appearing on his bank statements, Deputy Josh Dubin said at the time.

The Newhall man told detectives a thief had used his bank card number without his permission to obtain goods and/or services totaling more than $8,000, according to Dubin.

Another victim contacted deputies in May about another identity theft incident. This time, the thief apparently took more than $16,000.

The victim Godinez is accused of stealing more than $16,000 from was 81 years old, according to prosecutors.

Godinez was arrested on July 2. He was also terminated from his job.

Local sheriff’s deputies did not identify the bank at the time of the arrest because their investigation was ongoing, Dubin said Wednesday.

Godinez is expected to be arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court. He faces a six-year sentence if he is convicted of all charges.
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