Laguna Hills Bank Teller Who Lied to the FBI Gets Sentenced

Inside job
Inside job

Bank teller Alvina Roy Sundaram faced five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for lying to an FBI agent probing allegations that her boss, a vice president at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Laguna Hills, had stolen money from one of the bank's customers.

According to FBI Special Agent Michele Belluzzi, Sundaram knew that the bank's vice president, identified only as "M.W." in court documents, was secretly using a customer's line of credit for himself and that in June 2011 she falsely denied knowledge of the crime.


John D. Early, Sundaram's defense lawyer, sought a punishment of no jail time.

This month, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford sentenced her to one year of probation and waived all fines.

Sundaram no longer works at the bank, according to court records.

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