Woman accused of stealing $225,000 from credit union

Posted March 19, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

MADAWASKA, Maine — A local woman has been charged in connection with theft of more than $225,000 from NorState Federal Credit Union.

Former credit union employee Jacqueline Ecker, 60, was arrested by Madawaska police Feb. 27 on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, NorState President and CEO David Rossignol confirmed Thursday.

Based on the amount of money missing, Ecker faces a Class B theft charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. She also could be ordered to pay restitution.

Ecker is to appear April 15 in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou.

Rossignol said the credit union also has instituted civil litigation against Ecker, seeking to recoup the stolen funds.

He said the credit union is fully insured for such losses, and he emphasized that its members’ funds “are in no danger whatsoever.”

Rossignol declined further comment, saying that doing so would not be appropriate in view of the pending criminal and civil actions.



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