ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NCUA's latest round of prohibition orders bans seven people from taking part in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution, including three former employees of Cleveland's Taupa Lithuanian CU.

Taupa Lithuanian was shuttered in 2013 following massive fraud. Its CEO at the time was involved in a police standoff at his home and was subsequently on the run from authorities for months.

Those included in NCUA's Mach prohibitions are:

  • Vytas Apanavicius, former bookkeeper at Cleveland's Taupa Lithuanian CU, who pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit theft or embezzlement. Apanavicius was sentenced to 21 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $962,000 in restitution.
  • Michael Rusksenas, a former Taupa Lithuanian employee who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit theft and embezzlement. He was sentenced to 17 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $481,000 in restitution.
  • Alex Spirikaitis, former Taupa Lithuanian CEO, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15 million in restitution.
  • John Richards, a former employee at Des Moines' Polk County CU pleaded guilty to the charge of bank theft, receiving one year of probation. He has been ordered to pay nearly $51,000 in restitution.
  • Saundra Scales, a former employee at Charlotte, N.C.-based First Legacy Community CU, consented to be issued a prohibition in order to avoid the time and expense of administrative litigation.
  • Wendy Wall, aka Wendy Wright, a former employee of Pepsi Cola FCU in Buena Park, Calif., pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison, four years supervised release and ordered to pay more than $480,000 in restitution.
  • Brandi Ward, a former employee at Tulsa's Dowell FCU, pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement. Ward was sentenced to five years supervised release and ordered to pay more than $105,000 in restitution.

Violation of NCUA's prohibition orders is a felony punibable by prison time and fines of up to $1 million.

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