The police suspect a 40-year-old woman who worked at the post office of defrauding senior citizens of money from their passbooks. She set up passbooks for them herself, in which more than 626,000 crowns were deposited. The woman also faces suspicion that she stole another 600,000 crowns from the office where she worked, police spokeswoman Miluše Zajícová said on Friday. The woman faces up to several years in prison.
“Since the end of 2019, the suspect worked as an employee of the office, where she had access to financial resources. Money became a lure for her, and in June 2022 she stole 600,000 crowns in cash,” said the police spokeswoman. The police concluded the case in abbreviated proceedings as embezzlement and handed it over to the public prosecutor’s office. However, it was later revealed that she had also stolen money from passbooks.
The case came to light at the end of last year, when two seniors came to withdraw cash from their passbooks, which the woman had set up for them and in which a total of over 626,000 crowns should have been deposited. “However, another employee at the counter reacted negatively to their request, saying that there is no money stored here, but that she will have everything checked,” Miluše Zajícová added.
During the investigation, it became clear that the suspected 40-year-old employee gradually withdrew money from passbooks between August 2021 and January 2022 and used it for her own needs. “During the interrogation, she stated that she no longer had the money, because she had spent it all on the machines in the application she had downloaded on her mobile phone,” added the police spokeswoman.
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