Embezzlements Rock Merged Jayhawk FCU
A June 17 plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Topeka, Kan., will determine the fate of former credit union manager Karolyn J. Stattelman, who allegedly embezzled her shop.
Federal prosecutors said Stattelman, 42, of Topeka also allowed a teller to steal $81,000 from the $1.5 million Jayhawk Federal Credit Union in Lawrence.
Earlier this year, the NCUA approved Jayhawk FCU’s consolidation because of its poor financial condition with the $226 million Mid American Credit Union in Wichita.
The teller, Christi Marie Hout, 38, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of theft of credit union funds.
Hout used credit union funds to pay personal expenses, and she knew that the credit union manager was covering up the thefts, prosecutors said.
Stattelman allegedly stole more than $93,000, according to court documents. She obtained money orders from the credit union and altered the general ledger account to make it appear she had paid for the money orders but did not.
Federal prosecutors charged Stattelman with one count of theft of credit union funds.