Former Bank Branch Manager Charged With Embezzlement

A Laurel man who managed a local bank branch has been charged with embezzlement.

Laurel Police said Tuesday that its Criminal Investigation Division was contacted by the Bank of Delmarva last July about irregularities surrounding loans, purchases and work orders completed by a former employee.

According to police, an investigation with assistance from the Bank of Delmarva internal auditor determined that 33-year-old Kevin Christophel embezzled more than $24,000 over several years through fraud, forgery and other criminal acts.

Christophel was charged Tuesday with felonious theft and felony forgery, second-degree. Laurel Police said the alleged victims associated with this investigation have been contacted and “appropriate actions have been taken to remedy their situations.”