An Anchorage woman has been charged with stealing a dead man’s life savings from his bank account, after a Mat-Su search for him led to his wrecked car.
Alaska State Troopers say Susana Lepou, 30, faces three counts of second-degree theft and two counts of criminal use of a computer in connection with the theft from 30-year-old Palmer resident Keith Aumavae. He was last seen on Oct. 19, and found dead weeks later in his wrecked vehicle at the base of a cliff overlooking Cook Inlet near the Knik-Goose Bay Airport.
“Investigation revealed Lepou was an employee at Mr. Aumavae’s bank when she illegally accessed Mr. Aumavae’s account in December of 2017,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch Wednesday. “There is no indication that Lepou knew Mr. Aumavae. Lepou is no longer an employee of the bank.