Female White-Collar Crime Divas-Mordern Day Thieves
This Crime Diva, Harriett Walters was convicted in 2007 for masterminding the thief of nearly $50 million dollars from the District of Washington D.C. She ‘s serving a 17 year sentence. She like Rita Crundwell worked in an environment with no checks and balances.
According to records, Ms. Crundwell acted alone stealing over $53 million dollars, Ms. Walters, however influenced innocent people alone the way to participate in her crime. I found that most alarming as one of these individual was a “newly hired, young, impressionable 20-year-old manager, eager to provide superior customer service to the bank’s clients, especially those with large depository accounts. Walters, preying on his youth and position of power, quickly befriended Jones and starting offer $100 gifts to him. Jones, knowing that accepting such gifts was against bank policy, initially declined. However, Walters persisted and gradually eroded Jones’ resistance to the point until he began to routinely accept gifts of up to $1,000 per visit from Walters. By 2000, Walters had ensnared Jones in her scheme to cash and deposit the checks.”
Ms. Walter’s criminal intent ruined this person’s and many others lives. Even today the effects of this case continues as the Bank of America battles their case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit concerning an arbitration provision, superseded the earlier terms.
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