Former Wells Fargo manager accused of hiding missing money

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A former branch manager at a Phoenix Wells Fargo has been accused of trying to hide more than $1.7 million in missing funds.

Linda Miller, 47, was arrested after she was allegedly found to be making fraudulent computer entries and altering documents to conceal the missing money.

While serving as the branch’s manager, Miller reportedly allowed the cash balance in the bank’s vault to reach unusually high levels. She would then create false documentation to conceal several large withdrawals. The money has yet to be located.

Miller’s alleged scheme was eventually uncovered by a joint investigation involving the FBI and the Mesa Police Department.

“Thanks to the diligence and perseverance of our law enforcement partners, my prosecutors now have the opportunity to hold someone accountable for the damage caused to a member of our business community,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.

Miller has pled not guilty to four counts of computer tampering. She was released after posting a $1,500 cash bond.

Miller’s initial pretrial conference is scheduled for July 16.