NCUA Issues Prohibition Orders Against 5 People

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NCUA has issued Orders of Prohibition against Angelita Contreras, former assistant accountant, Heritage USA Federal Credit Union, Midland, Texas; Larry V. Cotton, former loan manager, Midland Teachers Credit Union, Midland, Texas; Jim B. Messer, former vice president, Wyoming Employees FCU, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Elizabeth Monell-Higgins, former manager, IRS Buffalo Federal Credit Union, Buffalo, N.Y.; and Brett C. Roberts, former assistant manager, Louisiana Public Health Workers Credit Union, Metaire, La.

Messer pleaded guilty to one count of misapplication of federally insured credit union funds and was sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months and one day, probation for three years and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $75,480.19.

Monell-Higgins pleaded guilty to one felony count of bank larceny and was sentenced to home detention for six months, followed by two years of probation.

Roberts pleaded guilty to theft in excess of $100 and was sentenced to imprisonment for three years, which was suspended.

Instead, he was placed on probation for five years and sentenced to home detention for two years.

Additionally, he was ordered to undergo psychological treatment, and to pay more than $164,000 in restitution.

Without admitting or denying fault, Contreras and Cotton consented to orders prohibiting them from further participation in the operation of any federally insured financial institution.

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