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$18 Million Inside Bank Job!

“True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. . . . False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.”  R.D. Laing

c-unionToday’s CrimeDivas, Hilda Simental Mendoza, 53, pleaded guilty to pulling off a $18 million banking fraud scheme that led to the collapse of an El Paso credit union. This is one of the many interesting cases I have came across.

Ms. Mendoza worked as a manager at the credit union. She and a co-defendant, Maria Guadalupe Hernandez, assistant manager at the credit union, carried out a remarkable scheme. The two issued and sold certificates. They falsified and failed to report the transactions to the credit union and other financial institutions.

According to court records, from 2007 through 2012, the women sold and issued certificates, then paid the principal through money they took from deceased members or dormant accounts. [Wow, can you imagine the countless hours involved in tracking these accounts and then covering their trails.] The women paid the balances to hide the sales of the certificates. They transferred the money they gained to accounts where they had access.

What’s really interesting is the crime was not uncovered until three years after the bank collapsed and was taken over by the National Credit Union Association.

Nothing was written in the records of what the two did with the money, but with $18 million I’m sure they were living like real divas. Unfortunate for them, the court ordered the two to pay all the money back, which in most cases only a small portion will. People do not steal money and just hold on to it, they spend it. With their criminal records, chances are slim they will ever be able to pay more then the minimum monthly payments.

Ms. Mendoza was sentenced to 120 months in a federal prison and five years of supervised release.

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