In a previous statement, HPFCU said that because Vickers had extensive knowledge of the core data processing system and was a key contributor to the development of its internal controls, it gave her the ability to cover her tracks.
Nonetheless, had it not been for the actions of one HPFCU member, the retired executive might have gotten away with the crime.
The checks made payable to the credit card companies, some of which had Vickers' credit card number hand written on them, were issued from an HPFCU account, according to court records.
Douglas Griffith (pictured at left), first vice president of the Houston Police Officer's Union and an HPFCU member, said even though it was disheartening that the fraud went on for however long, the credit union has done a phenomenal job for officers as well as their families, and that their money is safe and secure.
HPFCU did not immediately return a call Friday morning from CU Times seeking additional comments on the embezzlement.