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Cleaning ladies charged with theft

Two women in Pennsylvania were charged with theft after their alleged involvement in illicit activity that occurred at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union. A 50-year-old woman and 27-year-old woman were charged with the theft of credit union members' files. Police claim that the pair stole the personal information at night while they were working their cleaning shift. The cleaning ladies drew suspicions when employees observed them load several boxes from the credit union into their vehicle the morning of Jan. 8.

Only one of the women was authorized to be cleaning overnight. The CEO of the credit union contacted police after reviewing the surveillance tapes. Police claim the women used their worktime to discuss plans to rifle through items to search for valuables and the opportunities that may be had from stealing the personal information they were able to access. However, the CEO claims that there is no evidence that any identity fraud was committed as a result of the offense.

The 27-year-old told police that the older woman had requested her assistance for the shift since the regular girl was ill. She was allegedly wearing a credit union hooded sweatshirt when she was detained by police. She claimed that the older woman routinely stole plates, coffee supplies, toilet paper, towels and other items while working. When police searched their home, officers recovered stolen office supplies, empty heroin bags and credit union promotional gear.

People who are accused of committing financial crimes usually benefit from seeking out the advice of a criminal defense lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to construct a formidable legal strategy after examining the police report and evidence submitted for trial. The defense strategy may focus on creating reasonable doubt to challenge the prosecution's assertions, or there may be a violation of rights that voids the credibility of the prosecution's case.

Source: Penn Live, "2 cleaning ladies at Pa. credit union accused of lifting members' personal information," John Luciew, Jan. 14, 2015

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