Service Rep Charged With Stealing Members’ Money

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ERIE, Penn. – A member service rep at Americo FCU was charged with stealing funds from five members.

Julie Havern was charged with five counts each of access-device fraud, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Police said they received a complaint from a credit union member that unauthorized funds had been withdrawn from her account on six separate dates. An internal audit and investigation by credit union officials determined that Havern was systematically stealing money from five members, police said. When a member would make a cash withdrawal, Havern would complete the transaction and give the requested amount.

Police said she later would perform a ''reversal,'' in which she would complete a new transaction on the member's account after they left the credit union. The reversal would be for a larger amount than requested.

The illegal transaction often occurred hours after the legitimate transaction, and Havern would steal the difference, police said.

Havern allegedly stole $840 from one account, $600 from another account and $100 apiece from three accounts.

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