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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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lars1: Posted: July 23, 2014 8:14 p.m.

OK. Finally Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Clarita.
Which one? There must be at least a dozen.

Who, What, When, Where, Why!

SReilly12: Posted: July 23, 2014 10:23 p.m.

Does it really matter which one.......once he is in the system wouldn't all Wells Fargo customers be at risk? Doesn't make me happy given this is my bank and for no apparent reason our Debit cards were replaced back around this time frame.

Unreal: Posted: July 24, 2014 11:26 a.m.

Wells Fargo only handles my grocery money account. I find having money deposited in two or more banks from my paychecks helps keep me on track.
Also not "all in one basket".

johnnyrock: Posted: July 24, 2014 4:02 p.m.

This is my bank also, what a douchebag.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 25, 2014 12:02 a.m.

What a total loser. I hope he chokes. Seriously, he knowingly stole from an 81 year old man? He's lucky that wasn't my grandpa or he'd have a lot more to worry about than jail and restitution.

SReilly12: Posted: July 25, 2014 12:32 a.m.

Let him serve his time..........he'll never get bonded again that's for sure!

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