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James Perna, a 42-year credit union president/CEO, claims the NCUA owes him more than $300,000 after he lost his long-held job when state regulators conserved Detroit’s Health One Credit Union in 2014 and named the independent federal agency as the liquidating agent.

The NCUA asked a Michigan federal judge last week to dismiss Perna’s lawsuit claiming it is based on misplaced legal arguments, false claims and misleading statements. The NCUA acted within its authority, the federal agency argued, by repudiating his employment contract and firing him in May 2014 when state regulators conserved the credit union for unsafe and unsound practices.

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