Sheriff's Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau Detectives Arrest a Valencia Bank Teller in Fraud of Elderly Customers

Posted on: 06/18/2017 00:00

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau detectives working on the Antelope Valley North Fraud Team are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any additional victims in a Santa Clarita Valley-based investigation. 
It was in November, 2016, when detectives were alerted of a bank employee suspected of theft.  Internal investigators from a United States-based, top-ten-ranked banking institution discovered that, between December, 2015, and April, 2016, one of the tellers at a bank branch located inside of a grocery store was possibly stealing funds from elderly bank customers.  The employee was questioned about the loss, but denied any responsibility.  The employee was terminated and bank officials notified law enforcement.  Sheriff’s Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau detectives immediately began a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fraud. 
With full cooperation from bank officials throughout the investigation, two victims and a loss of over $180,000 were identified.  It is believed the suspect acted alone in these crimes and detectives believe there may be additional victims.
Detectives learned Daniel Welsh, 31, of Lancaster, was a customer service associate at a banking facility located in the 23800 block of Copperhill Drive, Valencia.  While working in a bank teller capacity, Suspect Welsh targeted elderly customers, whom he groomed over time by befriending them and gaining their trust.  Under the guise of helpful assistance, he contacted the victims in areas away from the branch facility and used the trust he gained to manipulate their bank accounts.  Suspect Welsh withdrew large amounts of the victims’ money without their knowledge or consent, preying on those from the senior citizen community who only needed a bit of extra assistance and were betrayed. 
After a thorough investigation, two felony counts of Theft from an Elder Adult were filed, each with a special allegation for Loss Over $100,000, Loss Over $65,000 and a Serious Felony.  A $200,000 warrant for Suspect Welsh’s arrest was issued, and a motion requiring the defendant to verify the legitimate source of bail monies was filed. 
On Monday, June 5, 2017, Suspect Daniel Andrew Welsh was arrested near his home by Sheriff’s Fraud and Cyber Crime Bureau Fraud Team members.  He was booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and is housed within the Los Angeles County jail system in lieu of $200,000 bail.
If you have any information about this investigation or believe you were a victim of fraud at the hands of Suspect Welsh, please contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau Detective Michael Marino or Sergeant David Chambers at 661-471-1580.
If you prefer to remain anonymous, please call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
The Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau is comprised of a team of experienced fraud investigators, identity theft investigators, cyber investigators, digital forensic specialists, and audio/video specialists.  This knowledgeable team of investigators employs the latest in advanced technology to solve complex financial and cyber-related crimes.


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