New London Members Sue
Former board members and staff at the liquidated New London Security Federal Credit Union are among those accused by five members of negligence in a lawsuit to recoup $4 million in losses.
The CU's former accounting firm is also being blamed for failing to supervise its financial adviser. The adviser, Edwin Rachleff, was also an investment broker with A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., which later merged with Wachovia Securities and then Wells Fargo, who handled investments for New London. The CU was declared insolvent and liquidated in 2008 by the NCUA as a result of mismanagement by the now-deceased Rachleff. The losses totaled nearly $12 million.
Filed in June, the members' complaint named several entities responsible for the losses including five board members, a CU manager, Wells Fargo Advisors, auditing firm Beller, Shepatin & Co., Rachleff's wife, who is executrix of Edwin's estate, and a law firm that served as general counsel to the CU. Robert Reardon, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, was not available for comment.
The NCUA had previously filed lawsuits against Wells Fargo and Beller Shepatin for professional malpractice for failing to detect fraudulent activity. In June, attorneys for Beller Shepatin denied the claims. A material-loss review from the NCUA's Office of Inspector General found that the agency's examiners failed to adequately evaluate the risk in New London's investment program. The OIG also said New London's collapse was caused by several factors, including the lack of a safekeeping-custodial agreement with a third-party independent of the account manager.