A Kenai man has been charged with theft after allegedly transferring money from his grandmother’s bank account to his own without permission, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse on Monday.
On March 26, state troopers received a call from a woman who reported that someone had taken $5,000 out of her bank account. According to the affidavit, the woman suspected her grandson, Cody Little, 18, had taken the money. The woman showed troopers a copy of her bank statement that indicated three money transfers had taken place from her personal account into a joint account shared by her and Little. The bank statement also showed 17 ATM withdrawals from the joint account.
On April 14, troopers met with Little and spoke to him about the money. According the affidavit, Little initially denied taking the money and claimed that the money had randomly appeared in his bank account. Little also told troopers that he had used the money to cover his rent and buy groceries because he had been laid off and denied unemployment benefits. After further questioning Little allegedly admitted to transferring the money from his grandmother’s account to the joint account. Little reportedly told troopers that he had made the transfers online by guessing his grandmother’s password until he got it right. Little was not arrested at the time of the interview but a summons was issued to him later that day.
Little faces three counts of second-degree theft, a class C felony, for the three individual transfers and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, for accessing his grandmother’s bank account without permission.