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Police: Lawrenceville banker charged in fraud scheme

Edzeuit Rizvan

Edzeuit Rizvan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Wells Fargo banker is charged in Gwinnett with using a customer's personal banking information to commit financial identity fraud, police said Monday.

Personal banker Edzevit Rizvan, 26, of Lawrenceville, is accused of stealing a customer's information to issue himself a fraudulent debit card.

Arrest warrants indicate Rizvan used the card to make four withdraws in October from ATMs in Lawrenceville, Snellville and Buford for a total of $2,500. Clear surveillance images from those ATMs shows Rizvan withdrawing the cash, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

"I think it's pretty open and shut," Smith said of the investigation.

Rizvan was terminated after his Thursday arrest at a bank branch in Atlanta, police said.

A police report lists the victim as a broadcast news reporter with CBS Atlanta. He came forward to police Oct. 26 after noticing the fraudulent transactions in banking statements, the report states.

Wells Fargo spokesman Jay Lawrence said Rizvan was employed by the company less than four months and had passed extensive background checks before being hired.

"We're very distressed about this. We go to great lengths to avoid this kind of thing," Lawrence said. "As soon as we found out, we did the right thing -- we alerted law enforcement."

The investigation remains active as police try to determine if other customers were victimized, though Smith said that doesn't appear likely.

Rizvan has been released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $44,800 security bond. He's charged with four felony counts of financial identity fraud.

Comments

HonestIngine 2 years, 10 months ago

No wonder banks are filing bankruptcy, it's people like him that are taking our money.

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Mack711 2 years, 10 months ago

Do not know why he did it illegally.Banks are free to raid your account freely and willingly by using 'Service Charges". Then passing the service charges along to some of the employees while we the taxpayer bail them out.

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