Westmoreland County woman accused of embezzling $340K from credit union, setting fire as cover up

A Westmoreland County woman has been indicted on charges that she embezzled $340,000 from Valley 1st Community Credit Union, where she worked as a branch manager, and later setting a fire in the credit union’s safe to try to cover up the theft.

Patty Lynn Mavrakis, 63, faces charges of embezzlement from a federal credit union, wire fraud and use of fire to commit a federal felony.

Prosecutors said Mavrakis embezzled the money in September 2016 and later set the fire, after which she allegedly claimed the fire destroyed the missing currency.

She also allegedly made an insurance claim on behalf of the credit union for the missing currency.

If convicted, Mavrakis could face a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $1.5 million or both.

Source: Westmoreland County woman accused of embezzling $340K from credit union, setting fire as cover up