Although Maria Rodriguez, 48, lived in Mt. Kisco, NY, she was a well-known part of the Ossining, NY banking community. Her illustrious radical, second-wave “career” would result in her being promoted to Branch Manager at the M&T Bank on South Highland Ave.
Ms. Rodriguez was well-liked, and for all intents and purposes, was considered a friend and confidante, as well as a banker, to many of her long time customers.
Unfortunately for those very same customers, Ms. Rodriguez liked to gamble, much more than she liked them.
In 2008, Rodriguez began to systematically withdraw money from two of her client’s accounts. One was an elderly woman and the other was a 92-year-old retired police officer from the village of Ossining whom she’d known since the 1990s.
These two trusting people would come to considered Ms. Rodriguez more as a family member, than as a banker. As a result, they both placed their faith, and their money, in her hands. It was this sacred trust that Ms. Rodriguez would trash.
Over the course of five years, Ms. Rodriguez would boldly withdraw cash from these two individual’s accounts at ATM machines. In addition, she forged their signatures on checks written to cash and also made outright withdrawals from their accounts.
The retired policeman, who would not do any of his banking with anyone other than Ms. Rodriguez, was the first to realize that there was a problem. He and his family notified the local police department at nearly the same time that whistleblowers, employed by the bank, would report Ms. Rodriguez’ felonious activity as well.
Upon investigation, it would be shown that the retired cop had been robbed of $267,450.00
Once this investigation was under way, the elderly woman was made aware of the thefts from her accounts. She would prove to be Ms. Rodriguez’ most egregious victim. This poor woman would lose $1,171,357.40 before the theft was discovered.
Ossining police Detective Lt. William Sullivan said, “I’ve never seen a case in my 42 years with the department involving a theft of that magnitude.” Sullivan said Ms. Rodriguez spent much of the money gambling, including at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers.
I’d like someone to explain to me HOW the American states can justify legalizing gambling. The damage done by, and to, individual gambler’s lives always offsets the imaginary advantages dreamt up by politicians to legalize it. It is a VICE, plain and simple, and should NEVER be supported by anyone, especially by politicians.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore released a statement highlighting the emotional, financial and spiritual damage done to trusting individuals by gamblers who steal, especially by Ms. Rodriguez, when she said, “Most of us rely on our neighborhood bank to safeguard our money. In this case, both victims put their trust as well as their money in the hands of someone who … took advantage of their trust and stole from them.”
Both Sullivan and DiFiore “threw the book” at Rodriguez when DiFiore’s office issued a 27-count indictment against the former banker and betrayer.
If convicted, Ms. Rodriguez faces a maximum of 25 years in jail and her ride to jail will be a short one, as the notorious Sing Sing Prison, is just around the corner from her bank, right in Ossining’s
The indictment on 10 felony charges follows:
• 1 count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony
• 1 count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony
• 2 counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies
• 4 counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies
• 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree,
class “D” Felonies
• 4 counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, class “D” Felonies
• 5 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, class “E” Felonies
• 1 count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony
• 4 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, class “E” Felonies
• 1 count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.
Let’s pray that Rodriguez does NOT have her case heard by a female, radical, second-wave feminist, (and compatriot) judge, because if Ms. Rodriguez does, she’ll probably WALK.