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Elmira woman pleads guilty to theft as credit union worker

Sonja Matos, 28, of Elmira, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. in Buffalo to a federal charge of theft by a credit union employee for stealing about $40,000 from automatic teller machines she was handling locally for the Corning Credit Union. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., said Matos faces a prison term of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million when she is sentenced Dec. 19.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee said Matos, employed by the credit union as a risk management/card service employee from January through April was systematically taking some of the money she was supposed to be loading into the company’s ATM’s and pocketing the money. The credit union was insured by the National Credit Union Administration, the prosecutor said. Matos was arrested as a result of an FBI investigation.