Former California director and boyfriend face multiple theft charges


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A former director of a California credit union and her boyfriend face multiple criminal charges claiming to have stolen $ 437,000 over three years.

Karli Alicia Aubry, 45, who worked as the manager of the $ 63 million Huntington Beach Credit Union, is due to appear in a preliminary hearing in an Orange County court on Wednesday. She earlier pleaded not guilty to 19 counts of embezzlement, robbery, forgery, identity theft, money laundering, misrepresentation and aggravated white-collar crimes, according to Orange County court records.

Her boyfriend, Matthew Ryan Mitchell, 50, who is now reportedly residing in Virginia, also pleaded not guilty to the same 19 counts in September. His preliminary trial is scheduled for November, according to court records.

Aubry and Mitchell were released after posting bail.

The alleged crimes that occurred from 2015 to 2018 were detected at a HBCU board meeting in February 2019 that reviewed several loan packages approved by Aubry, according to a crime complaint filed by the office. from the Orange County District Attorney.

Aubry allegedly used false signatures and a false valuation to approve a HELOC loan totaling $ 265,000 for Mitchell. The loan was associated with a residence in Corona, California.

A legitimate appraisal for the home was $ 354,500, but would have been changed to $ 534,500 in order to approve a larger HELOC amount, prosecutors said. After the home was sold in June 2018 with an unpaid loan amount, HBCU should have received a repayment from the sale. But Aubry and Mitchell allegedly forged a document to show the loan was repaid before the sale, prosecutors said.

Additionally, other credit union documents reviewed by the board included two auto loans taken out by Aubry and Mitchell that allegedly used false documents to obtain loan approval. One of the vehicles did not exist and the other belonged to someone else, prosecutors said. The funds from those loans were deposited into Mitchell’s account, which transferred some of the money “back and forth” between his accounts and Aubry’s accounts, prosecutors said.

Aubry and Mitchell’s lawyers did not respond to CU time‘request for comment.

Angela K. Clitherow, President / CEO of HBCU, declined to comment. She was not CEO when the board uncovered the alleged crimes in 2019.

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