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CU System Briefs (03/22/2013)
  • BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (3/22/13)--Jennifer Hoefler, 41, of Floral City, Fla., has been charged with organized fraud related to the theft of more than $49,125 from member accounts while she was branch manager at the Brooksville branch of Tampa-based Suncoast Schools FCU. She had been employed by the credit union since 1993. The thefts occurred between Sept. 25, 2012 and Feb. 13 in transactions from $100 to $5,000. The thefts allegedly supported a prescription drug habit, said the Hernando County Sheriff's Office(Tampa Bay Times March 20) …
  • EL PASO, Texas (3/22/13)--El Paso-based evolve FCU has formed a young adult team to increase its visibility in the community (LoneStar Leaguer March 20). The evolve project team for 2013 includes (pictured) Antonio Marquez, a film student at New Mexico State University; Christopher Valverde, a journalism graduate  of the University of Arizona and marketing assistant for Valor Hispano Magazine, and Ashley Ann Hernandez, a senior at Bel Air High School.  They will provide monthly "Man on the Street" videos educating the public about the differences between credit unions and banks, and will assist with evolve FCU's social media efforts. (Photo provided by the Texas Credit Union League) …
  • BURNSVILLE, Minn. (3/22/13)--For the 10th year, US FCU, Burnsville, Minn., has partnered with AccountAbility Minnesota (AAM) to provide free tax filing assistance for low-income qualified residents in the Twin Cities metro area through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. In 2012, USFCU employee volunteers processed 146 returns resulting in $209,009 in refunds. So far in 2013, volunteers have helped complete more than 100 returns. Volunteers also understand many of the specialized tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. This helps ensure individuals are taking advantage of all credits available to them, said the credit union …

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