RCMP said the woman was working at the ATB Financial branch in Sylvan Lake when she forged a customer’s signature and obtained a loan in the customer’s name.
Sylvan Lake RCMP began their investigation in August of 2017. Due to the complexity of the investigation, the Red Deer RCMP fraud unit took over the file and began investigating with ATB Corporate Investigations.
Officers uncovered numerous other loans using the personal information of clients and people the employee knew, to the total amount of $1,148,020. The woman was fired as a loan officer.
RCMP said they contacted everyone involved and assured them that they did not lose any money.
Sarah Miles Brouilette, 38, from Red Deer faces several charges including theft and fraud over $5,000, as well as money laundering charges.
She is to appear in Red Deer provincial court on July 17.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.