Teller Sought In Member Thefts

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WHITEFISH, Mont. – Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a former Whitefish CU teller charged with embezzling $11,000 from member accounts between 2008 and 2009.

Each teller has an access code to process transactions and the withdrawals were traced back to Penny Rhine, who was charged with theft by embezzlement, authorities said.

Police began investigating Rhine in February 2010 after the senior vice president of operations at the credit union reported that several members had complained about unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts. A man reported that $500 was taken from his account without permission in August 2009. A woman said that $2,400 was withdrawn from her account on July 16, 2009, and a second woman said $1,450 was taken from her account the following day.


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