Police: Bank employee used patrons' names on credit applications

A TD Bank employee faces 17 counts of identity theft in Fairfield after allegedly applying for credit cards using the names of customers. Approved applications would have given the employee points toward a yearly bonus.

Madalena Abrams, 48, of Magnolia Street, Bridgeport, allegedly filled out applications in 14 customers’ names. Some applications were submitted multiple times.

The bank first became suspicious of Abrams’s activities last June, when an application was returned and a customer said he had not submitted the credit card request. Abrams worked with that particular customer at a previous position at another bank. His application was submitted again days later, and that time the customer claimed he indeed did make the request himself.

The rest of Abrams’s alleged victims, however, deny that they ever authorized the applications.

Abrams is accused of 18 counts of committing a computer crime in the fifth degree, and 17 counts of third-degree identity theft in the third degree. She was appeared in court on March 21, the same day she was arrested.

Abrams reportedly no longer works at the Fairfield bank.

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