NCUA Bans Five Former Credit Union Employees
The NCUA recently banned a former accounting specialist, a former board attorney and three other former credit union employees.
Anna Chaberek, who worked as an accounting specialist for the $27 million Enterprise Credit Union in Brookfield, Wis., pleaded guilty to a theft charge, according to the NCUA. She deposited 328 fraudulent checks into six different bank accounts for a loss of $300,230 and 429 unauthorized ACH transactions that were deposited into three different bank accounts for a loss of $74,229. Chaberek was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $400,459 in restitution.
Tommy Robertson, a former attorney for the board of directors for the $212 million Singing River Federal Credit Union in Moss Point, Miss., pleaded guilty to embezzlement. As the board attorney, he used his position to embezzle $379,594 from a $484,092 construction loan through the credit union that he secured for a couple who was building a home. Robertson, who lost his law license, served in the Mississippi State Senate from 1992 to 2008. Robertson was sentenced to 10 years in prison, eight of which were suspended. He was ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution.
Larisa Renae Espinoza, a former employee at the $9.5 billion Security Service Federal Credit Union in San Antonio, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charges of criminal conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft, according to the NCUA. Espinoza received eight years’ probation and was ordered to pay $68,985 in restitution.
Barbara Jo Byrd, a former employee or institution-affiliated party of the $59.5 million Progressions Credit Union in Spokane, Wash., consented to a prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle and resolve the NCUA board's claims against her, according to the federal agency's prepared statement.
Marquis D. James, a former employee of the $176 million Xcel Federal Credit Union in Bloomfield, N.J., was admitted into a pretrial intervention program following the charge of theft. James must complete the one-year program and comply with all of its conditions, the NCUA said.
Prohibition and administrative orders are searchable by name, institution, city, state and year at the NCUA's administrative orders web page.