WEST MONROE — An Oswego County woman is accused of stealing more than $35,000 from customer accounts while employed at two Community Bank N.A. locations.

Francesca L. Riley, 31, of West Monroe, was charged with three counts each of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree possession of a forged instrument, according to New York State Police. Riley was arrested in the Essex County town of North Elba, near Lake Placid and arraigned in North Elba Town Court. She was released on her own recognizance, according to police.

From Jan. 1, 2018 to Sept. 17, 2019, Riley allegedly “performed transfers from other customer accounts to her own account” said Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman. The transfers are alleged to have occurred “in different increments and on different dates.”

Riley was employed at the Lake Placid Community Bank branch and at least one other Oswego County-area branch when the thefts are alleged to have occurred, according to police, but officials did not specify which local branch.


1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 2020

Community Bank officials issued a statement in response to a media inquiry regarding the alleged crimes but declined to offer many specifics.

"Community Bank N.A. is dedicated to the security and well-being of our customers, employees and neighbors. We are cooperating with the Police, however per our company policy, we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation," said Hal Wentworth, senior vice president for retail banking at Community Bank N.A.

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