A bank teller in Michigan allegedly stole nearly $110,000 from a man's savings account days after he unexpectedly died before she went to his funeral and hugged his mother.
Michelle Renee Crouch, is charged with felony larceny of more than $20,000 and felony identity theft after police say she stole the money from 57-year-old Kevin Bolema's account at the PNC Bank branch in Muskegon Township days after his death.
Bolema died unexpectedly while on a fishing trip with his friends in the Upper Peninsula on June 19 last year, acccording to Michigan Live.
At his funeral, his family says Crouch introduced herself as a friend and even hugged his 81-year-old mother. She told them how he had been such a nice man.
But his family was shocked to learn days later that his bank account was practically emptied after Crouch claimed he had authorized an emergency loan just before he left for his fishing trip.
The 51-year-old woman left $5 in his savings account after stealing $110,000 from it, authorities say.
Prosecutors allege that Crouch illegally used his personal identity information on file at the bank to steal the money.
However, her attorney, Matthew Kacel, said that it was 'all innocent' and authorized by Bolema before his sudden death.
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