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Seventy-three-year-old Nancy has had an account at Wells Fargo Bank for many years. She lost her husband Ted in 2011, and it was a comfort for her to be able to continue her bank visits with her “personal banker,” Shaun Flanagan.

Nancy lives on Chapalita Drive which is conveniently near her bank on North El Camino Real, in Encinitas, California.

Shaun Flanagan always helped with her transactions, which included “filling out Nancy’s withdrawal slips,” according to San Diego County Sheriff’s investigator William J. Thomas.

Nancy normally made withdrawals in amounts of $100 or $200, according to officer Thomas, but someone at the bank noticed withdrawals in the amounts of $4,000 and $5,500 and $5,900 and similar.

In September of 2012, the bank phoned Nancy to advise her that they suspected “fraudulent activity” on her account. Nancy went to the bank and “sat at Shaun’s desk” and told him about the call. Shaun Flanagan told Nancy “not to worry” and said the phone call may have been about “an old check that had been forged,” according to the investigator.

The next day, Nancy returned to the bank and was informed by a manager that Flanagan had been terminated. At that point, the bank believed $22,000 was fraudulently taken from Nancy’s checking account, in one month, July of 2012. Nancy was shown withdrawal slips and she confirmed that was not her signature.

The bank continued an internal investigation and decided that $77,440.88 had been fraudulently removed from Nancy’s account from Sept 2011 through Sept 2012, and the bank restored that amount, according to the investigator’s report.

Shaun Patrick Flanagan, 34, presented himself in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse as soon as he learned that he was the subject of an investigation, according to his attorney. Yesterday afternoon, August 12, 2013, the former bank employee pleaded not-guilty to four felonies: grand theft, ID theft, check forgery, and theft from elder.

Defense attorney Erik Friis told a judge that Shaun Flanagan hopes to keep his current employment at Costco because he needs the medical coverage for one of his ailing children. (Shaun and his wife Heather reportedly reside in Escondido, California.)

Honorable Judge Marshall Hockett allowed Flanagan to remain at liberty on his own recognizance, and ordered the defendant back to court on September 4, 2013.

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Visduh Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:48 a.m.

If he took that much money (or even a small fraction of it) from her at knife- or gun-point, he'd not be running around on his own recognizance. No, he'd be sitting in the Vista slammer or be out on a costly bail. And they keep telling us that white-collar crime is treated the same as violent crime. Balderdash!

At least the bank detected the fraud and owned up to it. I expected the report to mention that Wells was refusing to make her whole and blaming it partly on her.

Did this guy really think he could get away with stealing that much? If he'd tapped a whole series of accounts belonging to elders, but kept the amounts small, he might have managed it for a long time. Ya' wondah.

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Javajoe25 Aug. 13, 2013 @ 3 p.m.

I do wonder. I wonder how this guy, who supposedly had the grey matter to work at the bank in the first place, did not think this jig would be discovered licketty split! Was he counting on the old lady to croak? And then what? No accounting in the course of closing the account? It never fails to amaze me how dumb some supposedly smart people can be.

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Eva Knott Oct. 9, 2013 @ 1:37 p.m.

Defendant Shaun Patrick Flanagan, 35, admitted stealing when he was in court yesterday, October 8, 2013. Flanagan admitted two felonies, grand theft and theft from an elder, in exchange for dismissal of two other felonies, according to prosecutor Ryan Saunders. “He agreed to pay $67,210 in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank,” the deputy district attorney stated. And, “He will be required to perform 200 hours of volunteer work service.” Formal sentencing is set for December 10, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse. Currently Flanagan remains at liberty.

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Crkpot Dec. 11, 2013 @ 2:26 p.m.

I see he was scheduled for sentencing yesterday, any news on locking this crook up?

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Eva Knott Dec. 16, 2013 @ 8:15 a.m.

Shaun Patrick Flanagan has escaped any days in custody, after he admitted grand theft from Wells Fargo bank. On Friday, December 13, 2013, Flanagan was sentenced to three years formal probation by the Honorable Judge David Berry. Flanagan was also ordered to perform 200 hours of volunteer work, and he “agreed to pay $67,210 in restitution to Wells Fargo,” according to prosecutor Ryan Saunders. “And (he was) ordered to stay out of all Wells Fargo banks.”

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