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Bank teller charged with embezzling

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By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster woman was arrested in Rock Hill after she admitted to embezzling money from the two Wells Fargo branches where she worked as a teller.
Rock Hill police arrested Candace Marie Adams, 23, of the 5800 block of Morrison Road, on July 16 for breach of trust.
According to a Rock Hill Police Department report, Adams allegedly stole an estimated $18,247 between June 10 and July 16 from the Wells Fargo branches at 749 Cherry Road and 2691 Celanese Road.
The thefts came to the attention of Wells Fargo officials after the head teller at the Cherry Road branch reported Adams’ cash drawer was $160 short, a situation Adams blamed on a faulty bill counting machine.
The report said Adams confessed in a subsequent interview at the Celanese branch with a corporate investigator that she’d stolen money from the tills at both branches because she’d run into “financial hardships.”
Bank officials then conducted a count on Adams’ cash drawer at the Celanese branch and found it short by $6,249.
The revelation prompted Adams to admit to having $6,000 cash in her purse she said she’d stolen from the Cherry Road branch earlier that day, intending to pay back the shortage in her drawer at the Celanese branch.
The report said Adams waived her Miranda rights and confessed to the arresting officer, saying she’d been stealing between $200 to $600 at a time, three to four times a week.
In addition to the $6,000 in cash, a search of Adams’ purse also revealed a folder containing personal information of Wells Fargo customers, including account and Social Security numbers, the report said.
Police arrested Adams based on a warrant for the amount of money in her purse. Bank investigators planned to do a complete audit of her financial transactions.
A total of $12,247 remained unaccounted for, the report indicated.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151