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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Former Telco Federal Credit Union Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Entries

 

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Donna Harabin, 61, of Clearwater, Florida, pleaded guilty to making false credit institution entries before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated between January 2008 and December 2008, Harabin was president and manager of Telco Federal Credit Union in Elmira, N.Y. During that time, the defendant changed the delinquency dates and falsified payment entries on various loan accounts when she knew that the accounts were delinquent and in default. Harabin changed the due dates and payment information in the reports to make the loans appear more current.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer.