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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

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