Safety deposit had been rented for a few years at Chase Bank in Monroe, CT. Approximately one month ago customer went to the bank to make a deposit to the safety deposit box and found that the box was empty of its contents. Notified the bank manager then went to the Monroe Police Dept to file a complaint. Customer went so far as to take a lie detector test given by a former, reputable FBI agent and the results were positive no deception found. The test was administered over a period of three hours. Bank manager became non-cooperative when police went to the bank to investigate. The investigation is ongoing and the FBI, who have an office in Bridgeport, CT have been appraised. We feel that we have to have as much information regarding this type of fraud as we can get. Your advice would be appreciated regarding history on this type of fraud.
I am interested in past or present cases regarding safety deposit box fraud. Has a case in the US been tried and a resolution reached. Do have any examples of how such a fraud can be cared out by an inside employee or other individual who might have access to the vault. This is for my information since this incident has been traumatic. An attorney has been retained.
Hello Jacustomer,There is no such crime as "safety deposit fraud." This is Larceny, which comes in many forms. What the state will have to prove is the elements of a theft, and each element must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. You can see the various definitions of larceny and their elements here. (See link)If this is an employee, this will be an embezzlement. Connecticut defines that thusly: "A person commits embezzlement when he wrongfully appropriates to himself or to another property of another in his care or custody." This would be what the state would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order to get a conviction However, as the investigation is not complete and the facts of the case are presently unknown, there may be other charges or other counts that could be added here. Wthout having these facts collecting other safe deposit cases would not be fruitful. The overwhelming number of cases that come through the criminal justice system plead out, because the overwhelming number of defendants are guilty of the offense with which they are charged, or think that the state can prove it. Some cases do get to trial and larceny cases are no exception. Each trial case is different on its face, and lends itself to a different defense.I wouldn't have the slightest idea of how to steal a safe deposit box from a bank, and I doubt that you will find a blueprint on the web outside of some Hollywood script. Your best bet for meaningful information is to stay in touch with the detective running the investigation and with the State's Attorney assigned to the case when there is one.
I realize this a felony. In an article furnished by the National Information Center there is information re "Can thieves rob a safe deposit box?' It goes on to say this has happened. Perhaps you can use this article as a starting point to give me a case or cases that have been tried and the outcome or tactics that were allegedly used to gain access to a safety deposit box. This is for my information only since I'm trying to gain information on my own. An attorney has been retained when needed.
I'm requested a reply that is legal public knowledge and will require research into cases that have occurred involving safety deposit box entry by an unauthorized person. I referenced an article posted on the internet by the National Fraud Information Center where they say that fraud involving a safety deposit box has happened. I don't understand why my last inquiry is not pertinent to my case. Since research to my question is public knowledge I don't understand why it would be beyond the scope of what you can do. If I had the ability to research this legal information on own, I wouldn't have paid the requested fee to have an expert answer. If this is beyond your scope, perhaps you can refer my question to another expert. I have been waiting for an acceptable reply for over an hour and must leave my computer to get to a doctor's appointment. I hope when I return I will have a reply. I don't wish to stop payment for this service.
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