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Former Assistant Branch Manager Of Credit Union Sentenced To 15 Months In Federal Prison For Embezzlement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Male Yahaira Rivera (35, Orlando) to 15 months in federal prison for embezzlement from a federally insured credit union. She was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release, and to pay $258,000 in restitution. Rivera pleaded guilty on March 18, 2015.

According to court documents, Rivera was an Assistant Branch Manager of Fairwinds Credit Union. Over a period of about 10 months, she stole $258,000 in cash from the credit union, in 16 separate thefts, ranging in amounts from $2,000 to $40,000.  Each of the thefts involved cash that was supposed to be deposited into an ATM machine or that had been removed from an ATM machine. Rivera used more than $44,000 as a partial payment for a Porsche.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

Updated February 4, 2016