A former manager at a West St. Paul bank is accused of embezzling more than $1.1 million from customers, according to federal charges filed Monday.
Cynthia Marie Van Dusartz, 55, of Eagan, allegedly stole $1,114,205 from customers of St. Paul-based Anchor Bank.
Van Dusartz, previously listed on the bank’s website as a vice president and bank manager, was charged in December in Dakota County District Court with four counts of theft by swindle in connection with a string of withdrawals totaling more than $640,000 from a customer’s account dating to 2013.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Van Dusartz in Dakota County District Court, a customer called her over concerns that up to $700,000 was missing from his account. After Van Dusartz assured the customer that she would look into the missing funds, she walked out of the bank, “failing to complete any of the duties she would normally complete before leaving per bank policy,” the charges said.
A bank investigation showed that Van Dusartz had opened an account under several other names, including that of her deceased sister, authorities said. Van Dusartz transferred more than $640,000 from the customer’s account to the one she opened and withdrew from ATMs and Las Vegas casinos.
Her attorney Eric Nelson had no comment.
Jeff Hawkins, Anchor Bank president and chief operating officer, said in a written statement they will continue to help with the investigation.
“We continue to be disappointed by how our former employee violated our trust and the trust of our customers,” Hawkins said in a statement. “The handful of customers who were affected by this situation have been made whole …. We’re grateful to the many expressions of support we’ve received from our customers and the community.”
Staff writer Stephen Montemayor contributed to this report.