Credit union assistant manager admits to theft

A former assistant manager admitted Wednesday in court that she stole more than $170,000 from the $14.3 million Harrison District No. 2 Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs.

In a plea agreement, Rhoda K. Pohina, 39, plead guilty to a felony theft charge, said Carissa Cruson, a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office in Colorado Springs. Pohina faces two to six years in prison, but she also could receive probation with or without prison time when she is sentenced in October.

Cruson said the theft occurred between December 2008 and June 2014.

According to a police investigation, Pohina used her home computer to access the credit union’s databases that she manipulated to funnel cash advances into her account. She used those stolen funds to pay off her credit cards.  When Pohina was first accused of the theft last year, police reported she stole $78,000, but investigators determined she stole $173,514.


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