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

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Credit Union Branch Manager Charged with Embezzling $340,000, Then Setting Fire to the Safe to Conceal her Theft

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Belle Vernon, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, PA on charges of embezzlement from a federal credit union, wire fraud, and use of fire to commit a federal felony, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The three-count Indictment named Patty Lynn Mavrakis, 63, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Mavrakis was a Branch Manager for Valley 1st Community Federal Credit Union and, in September 2016, she embezzled $340,200.00 from the credit union. In order to conceal the theft, she started a fire in the credit union’s safe, claiming that the fire destroyed the missing currency. In the days following the fire, she made an insurance claim on behalf of the credit union for the missing currency.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $1.5 million or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The government has requested $50,000 unsecured bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Financial Fraud
Updated August 12, 2021