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DA Brown noted that all accounts have been reimbursed in full by JP Morgan Chase.
By Forum Staff
A Chase private client banker has been arrested and charged with grand larceny for “dipping” into the accounts of a pair of unsuspecting sisters to finance his living expenses, vacations and party habits.
Joshua Stephens-Anselm, 27, of Far Rockaway is accused of stealing more than $650,000 from the estates of the sisters who died in 2013 and 2014.
Stephens-Anselm funneled money from the estates of Edith and Marjorie Thompson between June 2016 and July 2017, first by issuing checks to himself, but then he ramped up his efforts to include an app on his phone which he used to make electronic payments from their accounts.
The shady banker used the sisters money to pay his rent, utility and cable bills. He then added trips and hotel stays to the tab and went on to purchase personal items, alcohol and clothes. The magnanimous thief even helped out a friend by clearing up a balance on her Victoria’s Secret account.
Both accounts have been reimbursed in full by JP Morgan Chase.
“This trusted bank employee took advantage of his access to enrich himself,” said DA Brown. “Using the accounts as if they were his own personal piggy banks… the defendant will face a long term of incarceration as a result of his greed.”
He was awaiting arraignment on a complaint charging him with second-degree grand larceny as of press time.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison.