Bank teller accused of pocketing customers' cash

Jason Pappalardo

Jason Pappalardo

A Golden Gate Estates-area Wells Fargo banker is accused of withdrawing and pocketing cash from two customers' checking accounts earlier this month.

Jason Pappalardo, 30, told Collier detectives he needed the money to repay a personal debt he accumulated because of a substance abuse problem, according to an arrest report.

An internal investigator with Wells Fargo reported the fraud to the Collier County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. The employee said Pappalardo went to an ATM and used two customers' debit card information to withdraw $800 from one woman's account and $2,000 from another man's account.

The internal investigator said Pappalardo admitted to giving the "debit card and PIN to an associate to make ATM withdrawals to repay him for a debt that was owed," a report said.

Pappalardo, of the 1000 block of Port Orange Way, Golden Gate Estates, faces a charge of scheme to defraud under $20,000.

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