Teller pleads not guilty to embezzling charges

Wednesday May 2, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Adams woman accused of embezzling nearly $60,000 from the Greylock Federal Credit Union pleaded not guilty to several charges on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court and was released on her own recognizance.

Felisa D. Kazimierczak was the head teller at the Greylock Federal branch on Kellogg Street when, on March 1, she said she received a note that threatened her 15-year-old daughter, unless she dropped cash -- $58,000 earmarked for area ATMs -- at a drop-off point, according to police.

But police and prosecutors say there was no threat and that Kaz imierczak stole the money in what they called an "inadequately planned embezzlement."

On Tuesday, Kazimierczak, 43, appeared before Judge Daniel A. Ford and pleaded not guilty to embezzlement from a bank, false reporting of a crime and witness intimidation, for allegedly misleading police by telling them she was extorted.

Since her original arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in March, Kazimierczak has been charged with kidnapping, to which she also pleaded not guilty.

Assistant Berkshire District Att orney Richard M. Locke said the new charge came after a review of the case. Investigators allege that Kazimierczak coerced a co-worker to act as a lookout while she went to deliver the cash at the fake drop-off point. The woman sat by a window at the bank for an hour, said Locke.

Police said the money was never recovered. The credit union has said it was insured for the loss.

A pretrial conference in the case was scheduled for July. No trial date has been set.

Kazimierczak is being represented by the privately retained attorney Elizabeth M. Quigley.

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