The $18.6 million Wallingford Municipal Federal Credit Union has appealed a state court decision to award Naomi Odell more than $200,505 after the judge ruled that the Wallingford, Conn., cooperative committed “statutory theft” in seizing the woman’s $13,801 Social Security disability benefit and using it to repay a loan her husband defaulted loan.

After a three-year court battle, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robin L. Wilson in a 72-page ruling released Aug. 8 said the credit union’s move against Odell’s benefits were illegal because Social Security is exempt from debt collection

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