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A former USA Federal Credit Union employee at Yokota Air Base was sentenced to 38 months in prison for stealing $1.5 million out of the cash vault over 13 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

Leticia Figuracion must also repay the money and remain on probation for five years following her release, Judge John Houston ruled Sept. 21 in San Diego U.S. District Court.

The credit union’s Misawa, Japan-based regional manager, Joe Roginski, said Friday that he was not authorized to answer questions regarding the case.

Figuracion was removed from her post about one year ago, according to a former credit union employee familiar with the case.

Figuracion admitted to stealing about $10,000 per month from the vault for many years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site.

She covered her tracks by using a credit union member’s account to embezzle the money, then changing the member’s address to avoid notification, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Much of the money was sent to Figuracion’s family members in the Philippines. She also used the money to open up a Los Angeles restaurant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

During sentencing, Houston credited Figuracion for admitting to the scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

USA Federal Credit Union is headquartered in San Diego. The credit union operates at four military locations in Japan and seven in South Korea, according to the credit union’s Web site.

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