Credit union employee from La Habra accused of opening $2.6 million in illegal credit lines for online boyfriend

A La Habra woman who worked at a credit union in Hawthorne and her online boyfriend are facing federal charges for allegedly running a scam in which they are accused of obtaining lines of credit totaling more than $2.6 million.

Indira Mohabir, 41, and her boyfriend, Phillip Cook, 50, who recently resided in Ohio and Georgia, both face 15 felony counts including conspiracy, fraud and unauthorized issuance of credit union obligations, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a Thursday statement.

Prosecutors said Mohabir, who worked as a loan processor at Western Federal Credit Union, entered into an online relationship with Cook in 2014 and soon agreed to open lines of credit for him without the necessary approval.

Over three months, Mohabir secretly opened more than 30 fraudulent lines of credit for Cook, who was able to draw down about $1.1 million on the $2.6 million in credit that he is accused of having available before the scheme was uncovered, prosecutors said.

Cook promised to take Mohabir on trips, and sent her flowers and a $50,000 check in exchange for opening the credit lines, authorities said.

Mohabir was initially charged last year, while Cook was arrested in Ohio on July 28.

Mohabir, who is free on bond, is scheduled for trial in October. Cook was being transported to Los Angeles by the United States Marshals Service.

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