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Manager of Chase bank branch charged with robbing her own bank

FBI says she worked with a second suspect
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Posted at 10:03 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 22:04:10-04

FT. WAYNE — The manager of a Ft. Wayne Chase bank branch is facing federal charges after admitting to taking part in the robbery of her own bank.

It happened last year on Christmas Eve at the Chase bank on Lower Huntington Road in Ft. Wayne.

Facing bank robbery charges are 35-year-old Kelly Krieger, the manager, and 43-year-old Horia Malutan, both of Ft. Wayne.

The FBI released information on the case Thursday. According to a probable cause affidavit, a bank employee let Krieger into the branch at the start of the work day. Right behind her was Malutan, who forced his way into the bank at gunpoint and demanded money from the vault. He fled with $222,000.

In April, a person identified Malutan as the man in an FBI wanted poster which included surveillance photos taken at the time of the robbery.

That led authorities to Malutan's apartment where, among other items, they found three expensive cars—An Audi, BMW and Lexus.

An investigator who interviewed Krieger checked her cell phone records and found about 300 calls between her and Malutan between last October and this April. There were nine calls on the day of the robbery.

Krieger admitted to planning the robbery with Malutan, for which she was promised half the money stolen—about $111,000. It appears she only received a portion of that.