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CU System Briefs (09/11/2013)
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/11/13)--Counterfeit checks bearing the name of Grove City (Pa.) Area FCU are in circulation, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Sept. 10). The checks are drawn off of First National Bank. The routing number and account number are both valid, as is the check imprint. However, the color is different. The legitimate checks are green while the counterfeit checks are blue. PCUA said individuals who have been presenting the counterfeit checks reported receiving the checks in the mail although the individuals did not request them. The credit union advised using caution before processing any guaranteed funds check ...
  • DEER PARK, Texas (9/11/13)--Dawne Deanne Wilson, 43, former manager of Deer Park (Texas) FCU, was sentenced to six years in state jail for stealing about $218,825 from the credit union.  Wilson entered a guilty plea to first-degree felony theft charges on June 19 in a Harris County Court (Deer Park Broadcaster and yourhoustonnews.com Sept. 9). Wilson was manager and sole employee of the credit union from 2004 to 2011 and handled daily operations without direct supervision, said the newspaper. The thefts allegedly occurred from January 2007 until 2011, when an outside audit uncovered fraudulent loan activity. The money was stolen through several methods, including funding fake loans in members' names or under fictitious names and depositing the proceeds into a personal account ...
  • JACKSON, Mich. (9/11/13)--Kesean Wilson, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of armed robbery related to the Oct. 10 robbery of Jackson City County CU, Jackson, Mich. During the robbery, Wilson allegedly entered the credit union, put a handgun to the head of a member, jumped a counter and took money from two teller stations (mlive.com Sept. 9).  He also allegedly took $100 the member was withdrawing from an account. Witnesses said that during the robbery, he apologized and said he had to do it for his family. Police later found Wilson in a dumpster after he fled police and crashed into a house. The plea bargain involved dismissing one count of armed robbery and lesser charges of bank robbery and eluding police. Wilson's sister, Bre'Anna Crawford, 19, received a sentence of two years and two months to 15 years in prison for her role in the robbery. Wilson faces a minimum 12 1/2 to 19 1/2 years in prison ...


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