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March 10, 2010

CREDIT UNION MANAGER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

(HOUSTON) – Donna Gonzalez, 40, of Houston, and a former Saint John Vianney Federal Credit Union manager, has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison without parole for embezzling $56,862.36 from the credit union, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Indicted in August 2009, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Oct. 20, 2009.

United States District Court Judge David Hittner handed down the prison term at a hearing this morning. The sentence includes an upward adjustment based upon Gonzalez’s abuse of her position as a bank manager at the credit union to embezzle funds in her custody. Judge Hittner also ordered Gonzalez to pay as restitution the amount she embezzled, $56,862.36, to the San Antonio Credit Union, previously known as the Saint John Vianney Federal Credit Union. The prison term will be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.

Gonzalez previously admitted that from Sept. 22, 2006, to Feb. 22, 2008, while employed as a manager of the Saint John Vianney Federal Credit Union, located on the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks Trail in Houston, she defrauded the federally insured credit union, as well as some of its customers, of approximately $56,862.36. She used her position at the credit union to embezzle funds from dormant accounts. Gonzalez issued, without authorization, official checks made payable to Bank of America, negotiated against funds in dormant customers’ accounts and deposited those checks into her personal bank account maintained at Bank of America. 

Gonzalez, who has been on bond since her arrest on these charges, has been permitted to remain on bond pending the issuance of  a court order to surrender to a Bureau of Prison’s facility to be designated in the near future.

The charges against Gonzalez were the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Houston Area Fraud Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Justo A. Méndez  prosecuted the case.

 

 

 

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