Credit union employee sentenced to 5 years’ prison term, $400k-plus restitution order

Five individuals – including one sentenced to a five-year prison term and restitution order of more than $400,000 — are prohibited from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said Tuesday.

In its report of one prohibition order and four notices of prohibition for October, the federal regulator of credit unions said that:

  • Anna Chaberek, a former employee of Enterprise Credit Union in Brookfield, Wis., pleaded guilty to the charge of theft; she was sentenced to five years in prison, five years’ supervised release and was ordered to pay $400,459 in restitution;
  • Thomas Robertson, a former employee of Singing River Federal Credit Union in Moss Point, Miss., pleaded guilty to the charge of embezzlement, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, eight of which were suspended, five years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution;
  • Larisa Renae Espinoza, a former employee of Security Service Federal Credit Union in San Antonio, Texas, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft, receiving eight years’ probation and ordered to pay $68,985 in restitution;
  • Barbara Jo Byrd, a former employee or institution-affiliated party of Progressions Credit Union in Spokane, Wash., agreed and consented to the issuance of a prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle and resolve the NCUA Board’s claims against her;
  • Marquis D. James, a former employee of Xcel Federal Credit Union in Bloomfield, N.J., was admitted into a pretrial intervention program following the charge of theft; he must complete the one-year program and comply with all of its conditions.

NCUA Issues Prohibition Notices