by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A former bank employee has been charged in federal court, accused of embezzling money from customer bank accounts to use the money for personal use. Christine Janelle Lizama was charged in a federal complaint with embezzlement. She was employed by a local bank and made $7,500 in unauthorized withdrawals from nine customer accounts.
According to court documents, Lizama was assigned as a bank teller and accessed account information to identify large balance accounts. Lizama told authorities she forged the signatures on withdrawals and removed funds from the accounts. She told the court she used the money to pay bills and shop and eat out.
The bank became aware of the criminal activity in August and she was terminated. Lizama was summoned to appear in District Court on October 18.