Collegedale Credit Union teller arrested for embezzling over $47,000

Leilana Bearce Mugshot (Image courtesy of: Collegedale Police Department)
Leilana Bearce Mugshot (Image courtesy of: Collegedale Police Department)

On Nov. 9, Collegedale police arrested Leilana Bearce, a former teller at Collegedale Credit Union, for embezzling over $47,000, according to a press release issued by the  Collegedale Police Department (CPD). 

Bearce has been charged with theft over $10,000, which classifies as a class C felony. Her court date is set for March 29, 2023, and she is currently out on bail, the release stated.

“According to the credit union president, a customer had made them aware after noticing several transactions on their account that they had not made,” police explained. 

Shortly after the suspicious activity was detected, an inquiry began.

Bearce allegedly took money from various member accounts between Aug. 29 and Oct. 31 and “transferred them through her family members’ accounts before she would move them to her own,” the release stated. She was terminated after an exit interview, during which she disclosed feeling “too much freedom and access.” 

There is no definite information about how many credit union members were victimized, according to police, but the credit union assured CPD that members would be reimbursed for their losses.

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