Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Brooksville branch manager Jennifer Hoefler skims money from customers' accounts for drug money, detectives say

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  • After an extensive investigation, Brooksville Suncoast Schools bank manager, Jennifer Hoefler, faces multiple fraud charges for stealing money from customer accounts since March 2012.
  • After an extensive investigation, Brooksville Suncoast Schools bank manager, Jennifer Hoefler, faces multiple fraud charges for stealing money from customer accounts since March 2012.
    

Hernando County, Florida -- After an extensive investigation, a Brooksville Suncoast Schools bank manager faces multiple fraud charges for stealing money from customer accounts since March 2012.

It all came to light when two victims produced documented proof of the alleged fraud to Corporate Security at the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union off Cortez Blvd. The victims also provided sworn affidavits that said they did not withdraw the money in question from their accounts, nor did they authorize anyone else to do so.

An official investigation launched after Corporate Security contacted Hernando Sheriff's detectives. 

Their analysis revealed that illegal withdrawals were made from multiple accounts belonging to both victims, and surveillance video showed that neither victim went to the branch on the dates of the questionable transactions.

On March 19, detectives met with the branch's manager, Jennifer Hoefler, who reportedly admitted her involvement in the fraud in order to feed her prescription drug habit.

After the interview, one of the detectives learned Hoefler had just made a fraudulent withdraw of $1,000 just before he interviewed her. During a search of her car in the parking lot, they found $750 of those dollars inside. She told them she had used the missing $250 to buy pills earlier that day.

She was arrested and charged with organized 2nd degree fraud and possession of oxycodone.

Hernando Sheriff's officials are still investigating and say there may be other victims.

So far, detectives have linked over $49,000 in fraudulent withdrawals involving the two victims to Hoefler.

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