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CU System Briefs (05/09/2013)
  • TACOMA, Wash. (5/9/13)--Four people, including a credit union employee, received minor injuries when a car at the drive up station at Tacoma, Wash.-based Harborstone FCU's South Hill branch crashed into the credit union building. Injured were the employee, who was in the lunchroom; the 65-year-old woman driving the car; a 61-year old passenger and an eight-month-old boy, also a passenger. The driver said she hit the brake, but the car accelerated and plowed into the building at about 1:45 p.m. Monday (The News Tribune May 7) ...
  • MINNEAPOLIS (5/9/13)--Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, Minneapolis, a suspect in the robberies of 31 credit unions and banks in the past two years, pleaded guilty Monday to five holdups. He pleaded guilty last month to a sixth robbery, said the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Online May 7). He allegedly held up Richfield-Bloomington CU, Richfield, twice but left empty handed. He wore a black mask and black hoodie, and allegedly stole $110,000 using a toy gun.  The last robbery by the "Man in Black" was in January 2012 ...
  • FLINT, Mich. (5/9/13)--A federal judge has ordered the former head teller of Security CU, Flint, Mich., to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement. U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith also sentenced Jody Kravat to serve one day in jail and three years of supervised released in a judgment filed May 2.  Kravat pleaded guilty Jan. 9. While employed at the credit union's Burton, Mich. branch, she ordered currency from the Federal Reserve, then counted and secured the money when it was delivered. She allegedly admitted to removing 698 $100 bills from the credit union's vault and replacing them with $1 bills during 2011 (mlive.com May 7) ...
  • HAMPTON, Va. (5/9/13)--A U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of robbing a York County branch of the Hampton, Va.-based Langley FCU was denied bond Wednesday in Circuit Court.  Staff Sgt. Dorman Shaw is charged with robbing the credit union April 6 by allegedly passing a note to a teller demanding $4,000 and raising his shirt to indicate he had a hand gun in a side holster. The note also said the robber had an accomplice outside and that the teller should not press the panic button because he had worked in a bank and knew financial institutions' procedures, said Poquoson Commonwealth Attorney Ben Hahn. The sported a fake scar on his face and wore a wig and Virginia Tech hat.  He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. After the heist, police spotted Shaw near the credit union, gave chase and apprehended him. Police found a wig, a Virginia Tech hat, a toy pistol resembling a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, some Langley FCU deposit slips and a note similar to the one in the robbery (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily May 8) ...


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