RBC alleges theft of $200,000 from Vancouver branch was an inside job

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The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER: Royal Bank of Canada is accusing two former employees who worked at a Vancouver branch of orchestrating a pair of robberies worth more than $200,000.

The bank has filed a civil suit in B.C. Supreme Court, alleging Jeffrey Ho Nam and Maradona Hoang Vu helped an accomplice steal more than C$180,000 and US$20,000 from a vault.

A statement of claim says the first theft occurred on Dec. 30, 2013, and the second happened on Jan. 31, 2014.

The bank alleges the pair copied a vault key and shared lock combinations and then led their associate, Hau Ngoc Nguyen, into the vault under the pretence of accessing a safety deposit box.

The statement of claim says police arrested Lau and Vu in March 2014 and found $11,000 in a safety deposit box that Nguyen maintained at a different bank, though charges have not been laid.

Lau and Nguyen have filed documents denying the allegations, which haven’t been tested in court, while Vu has yet to file a response.

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