Credit Card Clerk Accused of Stealing $219K
A former Oregon credit union employee has been charged with stealing more than $219,000 from the $71 million International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/United Workers Federal Credit Union, according to court records.
Kathryn Elaine Lawson-Seely was charged with stealing the money between October 2005 and March 2013 while working as a credit card clerk for the Portland, Ore.-based credit union. The court documents allege Lawson-Seely created accounts using fictitious identities and used them to steal the funds. She also allegedly used member information to create other accounts that she used for theft.
The charges also include allegations she stole money from the credit union by misrepresenting that she was authorized to use it.
“[A]s a credit card processor, exercised substantial discretionary judgment which was given considerable deference and which facilitated the commission of the offense.,” the documents said.
The credit union has not returned calls for comment on the theft but posted a message on its website from CEO Barbara Mathey.
“Our investigation found no evidence that any member accounts were compromised, and that there was no negative impact on their credit scores,” Mathey wrote. “We have always taken the members’ security very seriously. We had safeguards in place, but after discovering the activity that led to the criminal investigation, we have put even stronger safeguards in effect.”