Bank employee accused of embezzling more than $100,000

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A Porterville woman is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from a bank she worked at.

Police say Jennifer Lynn Silva, stole at least $114,000 from Bank of the Sierra while she was an employee there.

The alleged fraudulent transactions date back to 2017.

On Jan. 16 of this year, the management team at the bank discovered a potential internal embezzlement. Information was turned over to the Porterville Police Department and an investigation began.

Detectives were provided with hundreds of pages of financial records, detailing alleged ongoing fraudulent transactions, according to the police department.

Since the investigation, the bank has since been able to recover nearly $30,000 of the alleged stolen funds.

The case was reviewed by Tulare County District Attorney’s Office White Collar Crime Unit and a warrant was issued for Silva’s arrest.

On Feb. 4, Silva turned herself in to authorities and was booked into jail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Det. Michael Gray at 559-782-7400.

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