By Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A woman blamed for the failure of a credit union in southeastern Michigan has been charged with stealing more than $2 million.

Fuataina Afutiti was president and chief executive of Veterans Health Administration Credit Union before it was closed in March. She’s charged with embezzlement and benefiting from a continuing criminal enterprise.

The 50-year-old Westland woman appeared in court Friday and was released on bond. She could not be reached for comment. A home phone number listed for her was disconnected.

The attorney general’s office says Afutiti leased or purchased many vehicles, including a 2013 Mercedes-Benz and a $100,000 motor home.

The credit union had 1,300 members who worked at VA medical centers in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Their deposits were insured. They became members of Public Service Credit Union.

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