A former bank employee is accused of stealing more than $88,000 from a North Carolina bank, then posting photos of the stolen loot on social media.
Arlando Henderson, 29, was arrested by the FBI in San Diego, California on Dec. 4. A criminal indictment was unsealed in federal court in Charlotte, NC following his arrest.
According to the indictment, Henderson was employed by the financial institution in Charlotte, and had access to the bank vault.
On 18 separate occasions, Henderson stole cash from customer deposit boxes in the bank’s vault.
Henderson then posted photos of himself flashing the cash on social media. Henderson reportedly used the cash for personal expenses and to make a $20,000 down payment on a new Mercedes-Benz.
The indictment also alleges Henderson committed fraud by falsifying documents to obtain a car loan at another bank for the balance owed on the Mercedes.
Bank officials became suspicious after Henderson – by then an ex-employee – posted photos of himself flashing stacks of cash on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The aspiring rapper also posted photos of himself posing next to a white 2019 Mercedes-Benz.
Henderson captioned one photo: “I make it look easy but this… really a PROCESS.”
“Throughout July and August 2019, Henderson used a social media account to post several pictures of him holding large stacks of cash,” the indictment reads.
The feds allege Henderson “destroyed certain documents” and “made, or caused others to make, false entries in the bank’s books and records to cover up the thefts.”
Henderson had an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gallo, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California earlier this month.
He is charged with two counts of financial institution fraud, 19 counts of theft, embezzlement and misapplication, and 12 counts of making false entries.
The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each count. He is also charged with transactional money laundering, which carries additional penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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