WARREN (WWJ) – The former manager of a Warren bank branch faces allegations that he embezzled thousands of dollars from his own customers.

WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that Warren police say 46-year-old Robert Stralko convinced a 73-year-old man to put $27,000 in a certificate of deposit at the Huntington Bank branch where he worked. 

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The victim apparently became convinced he was being scammed.  Bank officials conducted an internal investigation and uncovered other acts of alleged fraud by Stralko.

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Stralko has been charged with one count of what’s called a larceny by conversion.  That’s a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

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Stralko is now free on bond.