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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Solimar Federal Credit Union Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement Of Funds

Press Release

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

September 28, 2015

Today, defendant Tania Maldonado-Suárez pled guilty before United States
Magistrate Judge Marcos E. López to a one-count Information that charged,
from on or about October 26, 2005, continuing through on or about May 31,
2007, in the District of Puerto Rico, the defendant being an employee of So-
limar Federal Credit Union, an institution whose deposits were insured by
the National Credit Union Administration Board, with intent to defraud So-
limar Federal Credit Union, willfully misapplied, embezzled, abstracted, and
purloined the sum of approximately $474,894.69, announced Rosa Emilia
Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.

Tania Maldonado-Suárez worked at Solimar Federal Credit Union and was
responsible for posting transactions in the financial institutions’ records. Du-
ring her employment with Solimar Federal Credit Union, Tania Maldonado-
Suárez, with the intent to defraud, did willfully misapply, embezzle, and pur-
loin funds that belonged to Solimar Federal Credit Union.  Specifically, Mal-
donado-Suárez withdrew funds from Solimar Federal Credit Union accounts
without authorization, failed to deposit checks into accounts, failed to post
payments on accounts, and granted unauthorized loans on accounts in order
to divert funds from these accounts to herself for her own pecuniary gain.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service with the colla-
boration of the Puerto Rico Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant
United States Attorney Luke Cass.  The defendant faces a potential maximum
sentence of up to 30 years of imprisonment.

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