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CU System Briefs (02/21/2013)
  • RIVERSIDE, Calif. (2/21/13)--Altura CU, Riverside, Calif., has created a fund to assist the family of San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Jeremiah McKay, who was killed Feb. 12 in a shootout with fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. Dorner is accused of killing four people in a revenge-style killing spree in Southern California last week. Deputy McKay is survived by his wife, Lynette, a former Altura employee who worked at the credit union for many years; a 7-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son.  "We are deeply saddened by this event," said  Jennifer Binkley, Altura chief operating officer. "Because of Lynette's time with Altura, we feel a special connection to this family and want to help them through this terrible tragedy." Altura seeded the fund with a $5,000 donation and is accepting donations from employees, members and the community at its nine branches and through its Member Services Center at 888-883-7228 …
  • GALESBURG, Ill. (2/21/13)--Two credit unions and a bank in the Galesburg, Ill., area are warning consumers of a scam involving automated phone calls to members/customers asking for account information (The Register-Mail Feb. 15).  They include Gale CU, Bulington Northern CU and Midwest Bank of Western Illinois. The institutions said the callers have more information about the member/customer than with past scams, including bank account numbers and corresponding phone numbers. One call went to Janice Gioannini, an office manager at Burlington Northern CU. It asked her to respond to "problems" with her debit card. Fewer than 25 instances were reported to the institutions, which reminded consumers that their business practices do not include calling member/customers and seeking account information …
  • KANSAS CITY, Kan. (2/21/13)--A Kansas City man was sentenced to 95 years in federal prison for robberies of Education CU in Topeka and another credit union and bank in Leavenworth. Charles Shaw, 55, also was ordered to pay more than $54,000 in restitution.  He also was convicted of trying to rob Education CU a second time. He allegedly fell during the attempted robbery and broke an ankle as he tried to flee, said The Associated Press Newswires and WIBW-AM (Feb.20). He reportedly had five other convictions for armed robbery dating back to 1983 ...
  • PHILADELPHIA (2/21/13)--Philadelphia, which local media say is not known as a bank-robbery town, is seeing a spike in robberies, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Philadelphia Police (Philly.com Feb. 18). Last week, however, robbers hit five city banksin six days, making the total 14 in one month. That compares with 75 attempts each of the past two years.  None of the recent robberies were of credit unions and they all were in different parts of the city and its suburbs. Area members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force said the uptick is peculiar, with no serial robber, no organized crew or clear pattern.  A suspect has been identified in one of the robberies …
  • HARRISBURG, Pa.  (2/21/13)--Representatives from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and three credit unions met recently with U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) to discuss credit unions and current issues, said PCUA (Life is a Highway Feb. 20). Among those meeting with the freshman congressman were PCUA Director Bill Wehr, CEO of R-S Bellco FCU, New Brighton; Dave Ackerman, CEO of USX FCU, Cranberry Township; and Joe Marzullo, CEO, Washington (Pa.) Area Teachers FCU.  PCUA said Rothfus was attentive and appreciated the briefing. Another meeting is scheduled with Rothfus next week in Washington, D.C., during the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference …


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