Former Virginia Credit Union teller arrested in Durham after 2 years as a fugitive
DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Officials on Wednesday announced that authorities in North Carolina have arrested a former URW Community Federal Credit Union teller in Danville, who has spent the past two years as a fugitive facing federal charges for embezzlement over $ 600,000.
According to a statement released on Wednesday April 14 by the Justice Department, Jorge Navarro, 30, was charged with one count of embezzlement and one count of transmitting counterfeit US currency to URW Credit Union in an act indictment sealed in October 2019.
However, that indictment was reportedly unsealed last week after Navarro’s arrest in North Carolina.
Navarro was the chief cashier of a branch of the URW Community Credit Union, according to court documents.
The DOJ says Navarro embezzled $ 617,000 from the credit union between July 2017 and September 2018, replacing the money he stole with counterfeit banknotes.
Following the illegal activity alleged in the indictment, officials said Navarro fled, remaining a fugitive when he was arrested on March 31 in North Carolina.
According to court documents filed in the Middle District of North Carolina, police in Durham, North Carolina responded to a report of gunfire on March 31.
The DOJ says officers arrived and found Navarro, who was using a false name, covered in blood, and was fleeing the scene of the reported gunfire.
In addition, police discovered cocaine and several firearms during the search of the apartment Navarro was using, as well as multiple forms of false identification, which officials say led to the arrest of Navarro.
This case – which would have been the subject of an investigation by the secret services and the police of Danville. – is being pursued by the assistant of the American prosecutor Rachel Swartz.