A Meridian man was arrested and charged Wednesday with two felony counts of grand theft related to allegedly defrauding two credit unions out of $100,000, according to the Meridian Police Department.
Joshua Brunner, 33, is accused of using “fraudulent documents and tax returns to obtain money” over the course of a year from two local credit unions. Police originally told the Statesman the total loss was $250,000 from one credit union, but Sgt. Jeff Brown confirmed Friday that the loss was closer to $100,000 and was from two credit unions.
Credit union employees brought the issue to the attention to police when they noticed irregularities in their paperwork, said Tracy Basterrechea, deputy chief of police. Meridian police didn’t release the name of the credit unions because it’s against their policy, Basterrechea said.
Brunner was arraigned Thursday afternoon and his next court appearance is on Aug. 4, according to court documents.