Pastor questions about $30,000 missing from bank

Posted at 8:00 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 00:11:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pastor Calvin Harlin served his country in the Marines before he found his call to duty inside a church.

"I wanted to save people," Harlin said.

During a military training exercise, an accident would impact his vocal chords.

"I got hit in my face with some shrapnel," Harlin said. "I still don't know if that got something to do with what's going on with me now."

In 2016, Harlin sold a home and the payments were going into his savings account at Chase Bank.

He said he rarely reviewed that account because he lives off his two checks from Veteran Affairs and Social Security.

He found love again after reconnecting with an old flame and tied the knot.

"It's kinda like puppy love," Harlin said.

When he went to withdraw money from his savings account for a trip, he realized thousands of dollars were missing.

His account report showed someone withdrawing money by the hundreds from multiple branches. He believes at least $30,000 is missing.

Harlin filed an identity theft complaint with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Chase Bank began an immediate investigation in March 2018 and in several cases made temporary credits to his account, but then Chase Bank reversed its decision and took the money back.

"I want some justice and I don't want this to happen to no one else," Harlin said.

He asked Chase Bank to check its surveillance video to determine who was withdrawing money from the ATM.

RTV6 learned that Chase Bank only keeps surveillance videos at its ATMs for about 90 days, so the financial institution could not go back and verify who was making withdrawals at the days and times in question.

RTV6 had multiple conversations with Chase Bank and sent us the following statement:

"We always recommend reviewing your account regularly, online as often as daily and your statement each month. If you see something unusual or out of the ordinary, it's best to report it quickly."

Chase Bank does not plan to reopen its review of the pastor's account because his claims came beyond the 60 days that is customary to dispute a problem.