Sentencing Delayed In Family Fraud

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WHEELING, W.Va. – Sentencing for two cousins who pleaded guilty to charges in the $5 million family-run fraud at N&W Poca Division FCU was delayed until June, while attorneys for the two defendants review sentencing motions filed by federal prosecutors.

The cousins, Rebecca Poe who was assistant manager and daughter of the credit union’s CEO, and Pamela Mullins, a teller, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the massive fraud that sunk the $7 million credit union, chartered in 1970 to serve employees of the Norfolk and Western Railway.

The president, Deborah Bailey, has not been named in the criminal case but was charged with engineering the scheme in a civil suit brought by NCUA.

The delay comes as the lead figure in another major West Virginia family credit union fraud is scheduled to be sentenced to prison this morning. Bernie Metz has pleaded guilty to embezzling as much as $9 million from Central Valley FCU, a Wheeling credit union she ran. Metz confessed to using the funds to finance the purchase of homes, cars and other goods for her and her family, as well as the purchase of a business, the Roadworthy Restaurant and Inn. Metz pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors that spared her husband and children from criminal charges.

 

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