SANTA ANA, Calif.—A former Bank of America Yorba Linda branch manager pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to stealing $1.2 million from the accounts of elderly customers.
Lana Pothos, 59, of Anaheim pleaded guilty to a count of bank fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced July 10.
Pothos and co-defendant Theron Fox, 49, of Tustin, who is awaiting trial, stole about $1.2 million in the summer of 2020 from an elderly couple’s account, according to federal prosecutors.
Pothos used personal information from one of the victims to create an online banking profile that she used through the bank’s internal computer system to change the couple’s mailing address to a hair salon in Yorba Linda where Pothos was a customer, prosecutors said. She also changed their phone number to one she used.
In July 2020, the co-defendant opened a new bank account in one of the names of the victims and transferred the money out of their bank account through October of that year, prosecutors said.