More charges in St. Paul Croatian fraud case

by: Peter Strozniak

Another person was charged Wednesday by Cleveland federal prosecutors for allegedly embezzling nearly $1 million from the St. Paul Croatian Federal Credit Union, which was liquidated by the NCUA in 2010 after the Eastlake, Ohio, cooperative lost more than $170 million.

A six-count federal indictment charged Joe Spaqi, 60, of Cleveland of four counts of financial institution fraud and two counts of money laundering, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

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