Former CEO and President of Veteran's Health Administration Credit Union faces embezzlement charges

Posted at 6:48 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 18:48:10-04

A woman is accused of embezzling more than $2 million from the credit union she worked at.

The attorney general announced the charges today.

Fifty-year-old Fuataina Afutiti was the President and CEO of what was the Veteran's Health Administration Credit Union, but the company has now folded and that's due directly to her actions according to the attorney general.

The investigation into Afutiti started back in February.

She's accused of stealing to pay for expensive cars, a motorhome and even vacations.

The loss of that money led to the closure of the credit union.

We stopped by her home in Westland to ask about the charges. The garage door was going up, but when the driver saw us it was quickly closed and no one answered the door.

I did speak with a neighbor that knew Afutiti.

“We have been neighbors for years, she has always been a good neighbor and very kind," says Ming Ma.

Ma just can't believe her longtime friend would be responsible for something like this. She thinks it might even be a mistake.

"I hope that, you know, the authorities did something wrong, I don't think she did that," Ma says.

Afutiti is facing several charges. She's currently out on bond, but she will be back in court on September 15th.