SYRACUSE, N.Y. – An Empower FCU member was charged yesterday with causing tens of thousands of dollars of damages to his home after he was evicted as part of a February foreclosure by the credit union.

Twenty-year-old Justin Guyette was charged in state court with second degree criminal mischief, a felony, for destroying the Volney home that was financed by his credit union.

The credit union claims Guyette smashed windows, removed siding, ripped off doors and removed material and insulation from inside the house after he was evicted. Oswego County Sheriff’s say the member left broken furniture and garbage strewn about and poked dozens of holes in the walls before he left.

The case evokes a similar trashing in San Diego where two members of San Diego Metropolitan CU were convicted last month of causing an estimated $200,000 in damages after they were evicted as part of a foreclosure.

The credit union now owns the property.


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