(NEW YORK) -- A former Citigroup vice president is facing bank fraud charges for allegedly embezzling over $19 million.
Gary Foster, who formerly worked as a vice president in Citigroup’s treasury department, was arrested on Sunday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he had just arrived on a flight from Bangkok, Thailand.
According to the criminal complaint, Foster, 35, transferred money from various Citigroup accounts to Citigroup’s cash account and then to his personal account at a different bank. The former vice president is accused of using a fraudulent contract or deal number in the wire transfer process to make it look as if the money was being transferred in support of an existing contract.
“The defendant allegedly used his knowledge of bank operations to commit the ultimate inside job,” United States Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring the integrity of the banking system and to prosecuting those who would undermine it for their personal gain.”
Foster is accused of moving the money from Citigroup’s accounts to his personal account between July 2010 and December 2010.
Foster faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
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