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Pair guilty in 1.2M theft in Sharebuilders FCU collapse
LAS VEGAS (5/24/11)--A Las Vegas couple pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling $1.2 million from the now defunct Sharebuilders FCU in Northridge, Calif. Mireya Guadaloupe Gonzalez, 37, former manager of the credit union from January 2005 to March 2007, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. She and her husband, Jorge Luis Gonzalez, 35, also pleaded guilty to one count of subscribing to false income tax returns (Las Vegas Sun May 20 and Las Vegas Review-Journal May 21). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Mireye Gonzalez electronically transferred funds from several accounts that were inactive or had minimal funds to a joint checking account with her husband and to two accounts in her children's names. She also allegedly deposited funds from the credit union's general ledger accounts to family accounts. She covered up the thefts by changing names and numbers assigned to the dormant accounts, transferring balances to the dormant accounts from other accounts and providing false information to auditors hired by the credit union. IRS said they didn't report $676,000 in embezzled income in 2005 on their joints tax returns, as well as $338,000 for 2006 and $150,000 for 2007. The withdrawals created large negative balances that substantially jeopardized the safety and soundness of the credit union, said the IRS. The National Credit Union Administration shuttered the credit union in April 2007 due to insolvency.


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