A former vice president of the Houston Police Federal Credit Union faces up to 30 years in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from the group.
Cheryl Vickers pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzlement in a case that prosecutors say involved funds stolen between 1997 until she retired last year.
The 66-year-old Vickers remains free on bond pending sentencing in federal court in Houston.
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Investigators say the theft was discovered in February 2015 when a customer brought in an old check issued by the credit union but never cashed. Records showed that Vickers had already reissued the so-called "stale" check, leading to an audit.
The review found that the 66-year-old Vickers reissued similar checks to pay items including her personal credit card bills.