Jake Chih Wei Cheng, 23, of Tustin was taken into custody Friday and is in federal custody in Santa Ana, according to Huntington Beach police. He is suspected of stealing a total of about $240,000 from two customers.
Authorities allege that Cheng defrauded a man out of about $200,000 by forging checks over about a year while he was a teller at the Wells Fargo bank branch at 7902 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach.
Cheng later transferred to a Wells Fargo branch in San Clemente, where authorities suspect he stole more than $40,000 from another customer.
The bank's fraud investigators discovered the thefts and Cheng was fired, police said.
Carpio writes for Times Community News.