NCUA Issues Five Prohibition Orders
The NCUA on Friday issued prohibition orders against five former credit union employees, including an accountant who submitted hundreds of falsified medical claims against her employer’s self-insured plan.
Halina Mielczarek was sentenced Nov. 30, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in Hartford, Conn., to five months in prison, five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut.
The Queens resident was employed as an investment accountant at the $3.8 billion United Nations FCU when she submitted 145 fictitious health insurance claims and received approximately $87,000 for medical expenses that she and her family members never incurred, the federal government said.
“When asked to provide documentation justifying her claims, Mielczarek altered checks and other documents used to make other non-medical payments and submitted the fraudulent records to Aetna,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement said.
She pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of stolen property and also was ordered to pay restitution of $87,000.
Friday’s announcement by the NCUA also included a prohibition order against Christopher Langley, former president of the now-defunct Eastern New York Federal Credit Union in Napanoch, N.Y.
The agency said Langley “consented to the issuance of a prohibition order to avoid the time, cost and expense of administrative litigation.” The NCUA liquidated the $49 million credit union in January 2012 and its assets were picked up by USAlliance FCU in Rye, N.Y.
In addition to the credit union, Langley led a CUSO named Syphr that offered rate matching and loan evaluation software.
The NCUA said it also has banned:
- Jamie Askew, a former employee of the $240 million St. Louis Community Credit Union in St. Louis, Mo., who pled guilty to a charge of embezzlement from a credit union. Askew was sentenced to time served, five years of supervised release and restitution of $104,785.97.
- Stacy Attisano, a former employee of the now-defunct Lawrence County School Employees’ FCU in New Castle, Pa., who pled guilty to a charge of embezzlement from an institution insured by the NCUA. Attisano was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release and restitution of $259,847. The credit union was liquidated in March 2010 and some of its assets assumed by the $22 million First Choice FCU. Attisano was the second person banned in this case. Holly Cowan was banned earlier this year in the failure of the $2.5 million institution.
- Krista Marie Cousino, a former employee of St. Patrick Carleton FCU in Carleton, Mich., who pled guilty to a charge of embezzlement from a credit union. Cousino was sentenced to 270 days in prison, five years of probation and restitution of $160,000.
- Kerry Higashi, a former employee of the $33 million Kauai Teachers FCU in Lihue, Hawaii, who was adjudged guilty of embezzlement from a federal credit union. Higashi was sentenced to one month in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $44,043.82.
NCUA enforcement orders are available online.