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Aug. 20, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that William Saffian (DOB 03/07/83) of 1155 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers New York has been sentenced to an indeterminate term of incarceration of two to six years in prison on his guilty plea to:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony,

relating to the theft of more than $535,000.

Between Aug. 23, 2010 and Jan. 10, 2012, the defendant was a personal banker at the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Saw Mill River Road in the Village of Ardsley.

Without customers’ permission nor instruction, the defendant created joint accounts between two previously unaffiliated customers, and by doing so, was able to set up dozens of unauthorized transfers and illegal withdrawals between several accounts.

The defendant either impersonated the customer over the phone or on the internet through online banking access he set up without that customer’s authorization and made ATM, check or counter withdrawals in U.S. currency.

He also modified the addresses where customer statements were sent.

There were fourteen victims and most were over the age of 80.

Wells Fargo corporate security notified the District Attorney’s Office in February 2012 and an investigation began with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspector and the U.S. Secret Service.

The defendant was immediately remanded.

Following the sentencing, District Attorney Janet DiFiore said, “This defendant carefully targeted his victims, preying on the elderly and those who were not paying close attention to their bank account balances. He raided their accounts of thousands of dollars. This case should be a reminder to all of us to monitor our accounts and remain vigilant.”

Assistant District Attorney Robert Mayes of the Economic Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.


William Saffian

William Saffian


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