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CU System Briefs (06/18/2013)
  • AMARILLO, Texas (6/18/13)--A former loan officer at Pampa Teachers FCU, Pampa, Texas, was sentenced June 13 to 36 months in federal prison for embezzling $422,973 from the credit union.  Erin Dawn Trevathan, 26, of Amarillo, Texas., also was ordered to pay $442,297 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson, according to a Department of Justice press release. Trevathan pleaded guilty in April to one count of fraud, said the U.S. Attorney's  office for the Northern District of Texas.  Trevathan was the sole loan officer at the branch from July 2008 to December 2010. An audit discovered irregularities. She allegedly admitted making false entries and stealing cash from the credit union's main account for personal use ...
  • DENVER (6/18/13)--Yolanda Marie Gonzalez, 42, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., was sentenced Friday to two years in a jail work-release program for stealing nearly $80,000 from Green Mountain Westerra CU in Lakewood, Colo. (The Denver Post June 14). Gonzalez is the former manager of the branch. The money was stolen while she worked there from August 2011 to February 2012, said the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. She allegedly moved the stolen cash into family members' accounts, then altered the books to disguise the theft. She also was sentenced to seven years of intensive supervision probation after the jail sentence ...
  • ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (6/18/13)--
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    Credit unions and banks in St. Joseph, Mich., collaborated on hosting an informal gathering with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to discuss legislation and other issues impacting credit unions and other financial institutions in Michigan's Congressional District 6. The meeting was co-hosted by United FCU President/CEO Gary Easterling and Edgewater Bank President/CEO Rick Dyer to bring together competing institutions with common issues. Many issues, such as the Dodd-Frank Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, have implications that touch all financial institutions, they said. Upton discussed these and other issues including the ability to qualify for mortgages, the cost of growth for companies, the 2014 Senate race and tax reform. Credit unions represented included United FCU, St. Joseph; Consumers CU, Kalamazoo; Country Heritage CU, Buchanan; Dowagiac (Mich.) Area FCU;  Greater Niles Community FCU, Niles; and Honor CU, St. Joseph.  Pictured are, from left: Easterling, Upton and Dyer. (Photo provided by United FCU) ...
  • ALEXANDRIA, Va. (6/18/13)--National Credit Union Administration Board Member Michael E. Fryzel praised the scholarship and student outreach program of the Polish & Slavic FCU, Mt. Prospect, Ill., Saturday at the credit union's 2013 Scholarship Ceremony. "The credit union's commitment to supporting the education of tomorrow's leaders is commendable and to be applauded," Fryzel said. "When the credit union provides scholarships to these students, it's a clear example of the founding philosophy of the credit union movement--people helping people."  Thirty-seven credit union members received scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. The celebration was part of the credit union's program that awarded 269 winners in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. The program demonstrated the credit union's strong roots in the Chicagoland community and its role as a strong force in the financial industry, Fryzel said ...


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