NEW INFORMATION: Police Say Bank Embezzler Targeted Elderly

Beaufort, NC - A former bank employee is accused of pocketing over $100,000 dollars from customers' accounts.

Donna Cayton worked for the BB&T branch in Beaufort.

Beaufort police say Cayton is now charged with felony embezzlement. Police say the woman stole $111,075.99 from the bank during a five year period.

Police say the woman targeted the elderly and accounts with large amounts of money in them.

They say there are 30 different victims, some which had money taken out multiple times.

Police say Cayton would take the money out in about $500 increments, and then then customers would come to the bank with problems it was Cayton who actually handled it. Police tell us Cayton would fix the problem by taking money out of someone else's account to "hush them up".

When Cayton was fired from the bank, police say she surrendered over $60,000 from her retirement plan and still owes the bank $50,000.

She turned herself in Monday and posted a $10,000 bond. Initial information provided to WITN said her bond was $1,000.

This is the second BB&T employee to be charged with embezzlement within the past two months here in Eastern Carolina.

In January, a teller at a Greenville branch was arrested after police say she took $23,000 from a relatives account without permission.


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  • by CD Location: Beaufort on Feb 13, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    Some of you people can be mean.
  • by hope Location: NC on Mar 27, 2009 at 09:27 PM
    SCRUTINIZE YOUR ACCOUNTS. My bank has made several large errors, in their favor. For years I didn't monitor it as closely as I should have. What drew my attention originally was when my bank sent me a statement saying I was late making an equity payment. Yet, my check had cleared the bank, & I was not aware the payment never posted to my account. In fact, had the bank not sent me the late notice I NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN that my money was, in essence, stolen. The bank required me to provide the receipt, that thank God I still had. They never provided me with an explanation. The next time they misappropriated my money I demanded an explanation & they were unable to give me one. They admitted they didn't know. I watch it like a hawk now & have considered changing banks yet none are worthy. (as evidenced by recent events...)
  • by No Excuses Location: gvlle on Mar 27, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    Please people, no excuses for this woman. She needs to be convicted like every-one else.She could have gotten a loan from the bank and paid them back,These eldery have worked for their monies and some-one like her come and take from them,,it's not right!!$1,000.00.Magistrate must have been some KIN 2 her.
  • by Fred on Mar 27, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    I think sometimes people who would never do something like this can get backed into a corner. Who really knows what her situation was at the time or how deep in debt she may have found herself in. It said earlier her husband had died. Bad things can happen when people feel there is no other way out of a mess in their lives. The jails are full of them. She was wrong to do this, but seems to be making the effort to pay back the money. She will get what she deserves from the legal system. Let them decide this case, not you or I.
  • by Deana Location: Beaufort, NC on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    I think it is a shame for someone to get so greedy that they have to resort to taking people's money, people who have put their trust in that person but I bank with B B & T and have for over 20 years and I will continue to bank with them because it is a good bank with good people who are always ready to help. The girls at the Beaufort branch are the best. Just because there is one bad apple doesn't make them all bad. I have no doubt that my money is safe and I am proud of the way that the bank is standing behind its customers.
  • by Ashley Location: Winterville on Mar 26, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    It's just a shame....Gotta take from the elderly! I can not imagine taking anything from anyone without their knowledge. Its just WRONG...no other nice way to say it! I agree that she should be forced to "downsize" her personal assets...because she made her victims go without!!!! Folks...its not just at BB&T, its all over.....Moral - If its NOT yours, DONT take it!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    Truth Location: Beaufort...I wonder who the Cayton's stole the property from. I bet it's all in the family. It takes one to know one...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    On sunday, she is probably a financial administrator for a church. It's all god's money. It has god written all over it, however the trust part is quite often over looked..Money is what people worship. God, they could careless.
  • by rick Location: beaufort sc on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Probly over half of the people writing these comments are christains.why don't we just drag her out and stone her .It would be the christen thing to do.What hapened to forgiveness.
  • by Investigate more Location: Beaufort on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    I wonder exactly how many employees at BB&T do this and not get caught....There was another embezzlement in Wilson NC with a teller Melissa something...she has not been trialed yet....The banks cover scams like this all the time...I use SECU but doesn't mean I trust the employees just like the interest rates...haha. This lady will suffer within herself unless she is just that cold...
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