Monday, November 30, 2015

Feds: Philly armored truck messenger stole $110K


A former armored truck employee was indicted Tuesday for allegedly stealing two bags of cash worth $110,000.

Tanika Victoria Little, 35, of Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of bank embezzlement and one count of tax evasion.

According to authorities, Little worked as a messenger for Brink’s Inc., an armored truck company that contracts with Bank of America to deliver cash to bank branches.

Prosecutors said Little, during two separate occasions between February and March of 2011, came into possession of two incorrectly-routed bags of cash totaling about $110,000 in $20 bills.

Each time, instead of delivering the money to Bank of America’s Drexel Hill branch, Little allegedly pocketed it, falsifying the manifests to state the cash made it to its destination.

Investigators said that, between March and June of 2011, Little deposited a total of $41,840 in $20 denominations into three different bank accounts.

Within an eight-hour window on June 29, 2011, Little allegedly visited eight different retail establishments in South Philadelphia and used cash to buy 27 money orders, totaling $13,000.

In addition, prosecutors said, Little reported to her tax preparer that, in 2011, she’d paid about $25,000 in cash for home improvements, including a remodeled bathroom, kitchen and basement and a rebricked exterior.

When Little filed her 2011 federal income tax return, she allegedly evaded taxes by falsely reporting her gross total income to be $28,870. Authorities said her true income was about $138,870 – $41,000 in annual income from Brink’s, and nearly $100,000 in allegedly-stolen proceeds.

If convicted, Little faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison, along with five years’ supervised released and a fine of up to $2.1 million.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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