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NCUA Issues Three Prohibition Orders

November 14, 2011
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NCUA issued orders prohibiting the following individuals from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution:

• Melissa Barajas, a former employee of San Antonio Federal Credit Union, was convicted of embezzlement by a credit union employee. The court sentenced Barajas to 12 months and one day in prison and five years supervised probation, and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $56,423.

• Donna Gonzalez, a former employee of San Antonio Federal Credit Union, was convicted of embezzlement from a credit union. The court sentenced Gonzalez to 15 months in prison and three years supervised probation, and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $56,826.36.

• Cheryl J. Watson, formerly affiliated with Southern Credit Union, Chattanooga, Tenn., consented to the issuance of this prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle and resolve the NCUA Board’s claims against her.

NCUA enforcement orders are available here.

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