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Woman accused of taking $2 million from bank customers

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WILMINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A Wilmington woman was in court Monday where she plead guilty to 31 counts of larceny for allegedly stealing money when she worked as a personal banker.

Elaina Patterson, 54, was working for Bank of America in Reading from 1999 to 2011 when she took the victims' money.

Patterson reportedly told the victims that she could get their money into a CD account which would yield up 15 percent.

Instead she used the $2 million to go on vacations and buy new vehicles.

The victims include three generations of the Cronin family and half of the charges against her involve elderly victims.

“She has no conscience, she stole from her own family, relatives, in-laws and everybody. She’s a scumbag,” John Cronin, one of the victims said.

One of her victims was Evelyn Mara whose husband died not knowing Patterson was planning on stealing his money.

“She came to his wake and was seemingly so supportive and caring. Only one week after John’s death she made her first withdrawal of $90 thousand by forging my name,” Evelyn Marra said.

The judge recommended a 3-5 year sentence followed by ten years of probation.
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