PORTSMOUTH – A former assistant vice president and manager at TD Bank on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth is facing up to 105 years in prison for allegedly stealing close to $98,000 from a customer with a brain injury.
Britt Landsperger, 46, of Stratham, allegedly used the money to pay rent, go shopping, eat out, get manicures, throw a graduation party for a relative and take family summer vacations, according to prosecutors.
Portsmouth police and the state’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services were notified about the thefts after a bank employee reported them in May. The customer, a 68-year-old former teacher, relied on employees to assist her with financial matters because she could not balance her own checkbooks.
On May 22, bank officials met with Landsperger. She admitted depositing the customer’s money into her own account, forging signatures and changing the amount to be withdrawn on signed checks, according to an affidavit prepared by a Portsmouth police detective.
Assistant Attorney General Brandon Garod said Thursday Landsperger accessed seven different accounts between 2013 and 2018, which is why she faces seven Class A felony charges of theft by an unauthorized taking. Each of the charges carries a 7½- to 15-year sentence.
Landsperger was hired by TDBank in 2013, according to a news release.
Prior to working at TD Bank, Landsperger was a manager at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in Portland, Maine, and worked in banking in the Richmond, Va., area, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Hampton police log records show Landsperger was charged with driving under the influence in June.
Garod said Landsperger will be arraigned on the theft charges Jan. 14 at Portsmouth Circuit Court. The case will then be brought before a grand jury at Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood for indictment.
Landsperger is currently free on personal recognizance bail.