Bank Employee Caught In Dominican Republic With Nearly $40K He Stole

CHICAGO (CBS) — Federal authorities say a south suburban bank employee almost pulled off his complex plan to steal $40,000 and jet out of the country with it, but until he neglected to disclose the money at customs in the Dominican Republic.

Blazej M. Wasilewski, 25, of the 10300 block of South Alta Drive in Palos Hills, worked Blazej M. Wasilewski, 25, of 10361 S. Alta Dr. in Palos Hills, worked as an assistant manager at a Chase Bank branch at 18701 S. Halsted St. in south suburban Glenwood, according to the FBI.

He was charged in a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of bank embezzlement.

Authorities say Wasilewski used a complex scheme to get his hands on the money. The complaint says he manually turned off the bank’s electrical power on Friday evening as the bank was closing, then returned early the next morning and used his keys and alarm codes to enter the bank, deactivate the alarm and open the vault.

An audit of the bank by employees on Saturday morning determined that one teller cash dispenser was missing while a second had been forced open and the contents removed, the FBI said.

In all, $39,765 was unaccounted for and believed taken by Wasilewski, whose bank-issued entry key was found inside the bank.

Bank personnel also determined Wasilewski’s code had been used to enter the branch and open the vault, and attempts by the bank manager to reach him Saturday morning were unsuccessful.

The FBI was able to trace Wasilewski to O’Hare International Airport, where records showed he had boarded a flight to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Saturday morning.

He was arrested Saturday night by Dominican National Police officers as he attempted to enter the country on a commercial airlines flight, which originated in Chicago, the release said.

He was in possession of $39,765 in U.S. currency, which he failed to declare to Dominican Customs officials.

As of Tuesday, Wasilewski remained in Dominican custody, awaiting extradition to Chicago. Once returned, he will be formally charged in U.S. District Court in Chicago. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Lisa Ladonski

    And I bet he has perfect credit, where someone like me with some blemishes on my credit WOULDN’T have stolen that money because I need a job to pay my bills. People are freakin stupid.

  • jeffpk

    How does 25-year old becomes a bank manager at a major bank?

  • Melissssssa

    LOL, they put his real address out there.

  • dan

    Did he think he was going to retire on 40K and sail off into the sunset?

  • righttrack

    If the criminals are smart, they will break into his house now that they know where he is, and the fact that he won’t be home for a while. That would be Karma I think !!!

  • Sam BoDiddley Rockett

    OMG Blaze how could you be so stupid? I knew this guy, he was the nicest at the bank. 25 year old Bank manager Wow no wonder you got that 2011 Camero. But 40’Gee’s dog come on you was gonna be broke in a month. In
    h well nice knowing ya. when they get done with you, your gonna be in diapers. Oh yeah, hows the third world jail treating ya.. And they put yo WHOLE address on blast.

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