UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION
In the Matter of [redacted]
Decision and Order on Appeal
This matter comes before the National Credit Union Administration Board (Board) pursuant to 12 CFR 745.202 as an administrative appeal of the determination by the Agent for the Liquidating Agent of Lancaster Teachers Credit Union denying [redacted] insurance claim.
Lancaster Teachers Credit Union (hereinafter Credit Union) was a state-chartered, federally insured credit union. It was chartered in 1935 to serve employees of the Lancaster County School District in Pennsylvania. The Credit Union became insolvent and was placed into liquidation by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking on March 24, 1998. The NCUA Board was named as liquidating agent by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking. NCUA’s Asset Management & Assistance Center (AMAC) is responsible for managing liquidations of federallyinsured credit unions.
[redacted] had a share account and several loans with the Credit Union.1 Upon liquidation, AMAC notified [redacted] of his account balances on record at the Credit Union. Credit Union records indicated [redacted] had a share account balance of [redacted] and a loan balance of [redacted]. The share account balance was transferred to another credit union; loan payments were made to AMAC. Soon after the liquidation, but after [redacted] had been notified of his balances, AMAC discovered there had been major record keeping deficiencies at the Credit Union. In addition to other problems, no running balances of share accounts appeared on Credit Union records; account withdrawals were allowed without regard to the balances in the accounts.
When [redacted] completed payment of his loan, AMAC did a reconstruction of his accounts. AMAC reconstructed [redacted] accounts based on the records available from the Credit Union. All records had not been reviewed when AMAC initially sent out balance information. AMAC used May 30, 1994, as a start date for its reconstruction.2 AMAC analyzed available information and produced a spreadsheet setting forth beginning balances, deposits made to and withdrawals made from the share account, dividend and loan payments, and the new final balances in the accounts on the date of liquidation. Other than dividends, all deposits were in the form of payroll deduction. Withdrawals were in the form ofchecks drawn on the Credit Union’s account at a local bank. Loan payments were made by payroll deduction. Due to the fact that Credit Union staff had allowed for overdrafts (presumably without informing [redacted]), and had not properly applied [redacted] payroll deduction to pay off his loan, AMAC determined that, on the liquidation date, [redacted] was overdrawn in the amount of [redacted] and owed an additional [redacted] on his loan. AMAC waived the loan amount due and notified [redacted] of the negative balance in his account. [redacted] appealed AMAC’s determination that his account was overdrawn in the amount of [redacted].
[redacted] believes that the balances noted in AMAC’s initial correspondence to him (share balance - [redacted] and loan balance of [redacted]) are the correct balances. However, [redacted] does not contest any of the deposits, withdrawals, dividends or loan payments noted on the spreadsheet produced by AMAC as a result of its reconstruction. [redacted] submitted no evidence disputing the May 1994 beginning balances used by AMAC in its reconstruction. Further, [redacted] submitted no evidence to dispute the negative balance in his account as determined by AMAC. In light of these facts, the AMAC’s determination that [redacted] account was overdrawn in the amount of [redacted], based on its reconstruction of his account records, is a reasonable one.
For the reasons set forth above, it is ORDERED as follows:
The Board upholds the Liquidating Agent’s decision to deny [redacted] claim, affirms the AMAC’s determination that [redacted] account was overdrawn by [redacted] and denies [redacted] appeal.
The Board’s decision constitutes a final agency determination. Pursuant to 12 CFR 745.203(c), this final determination is reviewable in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 7, Title 5, United States Code, by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia or the court of appeals for the Federal judicial circuit where the credit union’s principal place of business was located. Such action must be filed not later than 60 days after the date of this final determination.
So ORDERED this 16th day of December, 1999 by the National Credit Union Administration Board.
Secretary of the Board
1 The loans were consolidated for purposes of repayment.
2 This date was chosen because it was the earliest date that complete information was available from the Credit Union’s converted computer system.