Columbus Credit Union employee admits embezzlement to East Providence Police


EAST PROVIDENCE — In a stunning twist of events, an employee at the Columbus Credit Union in Riverside copped to embezzling a massive amount of money from the bank as East Providence Police detectives investigated a robbery at the branch Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Crystal Lynn Ferreira, 26, admitted to stealing over $300,000 from the branch vault over a period of time as police searched for clues from a heist that occurred at the bank just after noon on Tuesday. Ms. Ferreira, of Fall River and a supervisor at the branch, confessed to the crime after police said there may be a need to audit the bank's accounts as part of their investigation.

Local law enforcement officials made the information public on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, just a day after members of the EPPD helped capture the alleged "Bearded Bandit" bank robber. The "Bandit" was not involved in the Columbus CU caper.

EPPD Officer on Duty Lieutenant Thomas Rush confirmed earlier media reports of the amount of Ms. Ferreira's misdeeds. It is also being reported elsewhere that the actual CCU robbery suspect, 34-year-old Jennefer Gomes, made away with $9,000. Lt. Rush would not confirm that amount.

"The numbers tend to fluctuate with these things. I wouldn't want to comment on that," Lt. Rush said.

Ms. Ferreira was being held on a $30,000 assurity bond. Ms. Gomes was being held without bail.

Detective Eric Rodrigues is leading the EPPD investigation. He told NBC10 earlier in the day of Ms. Ferreira, "She got nervous." He added, "It's not typical when you're investigating a bank robbery that an employee actually admits to stealing more than the robber."



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