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BREAKING NEWS — Former TD Bank manager charged

Woman faces up to 330 years for Sturbridge thefts

January 14, 2010
STURBRIDGE — A Derry, N.H. woman is facing multiple charges stemming from an alleged theft of $82,000 from a local bank.

Marie T. Brunner, who was charged with 33 counts of misconduct by a bank officer or employee and one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme in May 2009, was in Dudley District Court Thursday for a pretrial hearing based on an investigation that could land her up to 330 years in jail.

Brunner, former manager of TD Bank North — now called TD Bank — on Route 131 in Sturbridge faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 10 years per charge, said Sturbridge Det. Mark Saloio.

Saloio said the investigation into Brunner started last February when TD Bank's corporate security service alerted police to the possibility of fraudulent record keeping.

"The corporate security was made aware of some questionable documentation with regard to the cash records for the bank," Saloio said.

In collaboration with the security service and the state police, Saloio said an investigation ensued over the following months.

"It took us a couple months to work through the investigation and go through the assorted items and paper work and financial records and whatnot," Saloio said. "She's alleged to have been filing fraudulent cash transfer records — which is the bank's way of keeping track of their free cash — in an attempt to cover up the fact that she was stealing."

Saloio said TD Bank alleges $82,000 in missing funds, none of which were taken from individual accounts, but rather, came from the bank's free cash.

Saloio said Brunner was very cooperative with police during the investigation and admitted to taking assorted amounts of money over an approximately two-year period. Because of her cooperation, Brunner was not arrested for the thefts, but had the charges filed and was summonsed to court instead.

The additional charge of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, Saloio said, is a result of the 33 separate thefts being part of one cumulative effort.

"It's the same plan, the same scheme, the same mindset," Saloio said.

The branch manager of the Sturbridge TD Bank declined to comment on the situation and a message to the bank's corporate public relations office was not immediately returned.

News staff writer Christopher Tanguay may be reached at (508) 909-4132, or by e-mail at ctanguay@stonebridgepress.com.

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