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Woman sues Dollar Bank after wiring millions of dollars to scammers

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — A South Park woman is suing Dollar Bank after making four wire transfers to a cryptocurrency account over the summer of 2019.

According to our partners at, Mary Clayton wired $4.3 million from a Dollar Bank branch. The lawsuit says bank employees failed to question Clayton about why she would be sending such large sums of money.

Court documents said Clayton was called in June 2019 by a person claiming to be an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The person told Clayton her identity had been stolen and as a result, she was involved in an international drug trafficking and money laundering operation. She was told to send money to another agent in Indianapolis and that if she didn’t, she would be investigated by the DEA.

She mailed a check for $10,000.

Documents said Clayton was contacted again by the same scammers and told to wire funds to a bank in California. A Dollar Bank employee then helped her wire $1 million.

The suit says that employee never asked about the purpose of the transfer, who was going to receive the money or why Clayton was sending the money to a bank that deals in cryptocurrency.

Over the next two months, Clayton sent three more transfers, each for $1 million.