1) Unless the brother had an accomplace in the bank, he could not get access to her account without identity theft
or forgery. 2) Felony theft
, identity theft, forgery, etc. These are all felonies. 3) She does not choose the punishment. Should she press charges, the state controls the case and the sentencing is up to the judge within the sentencing guidelines. For these crimes jail/prison time of 1-5 years and/or a fine would be realistic. 4) The bank may have some liability depending upon the circumstances of the loss; however, she should monitor her account monthly. Please let me know if you have further questions.
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