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CU System Briefs (12/03/2013)
  • MADISON, Wis. (12/3/13)--Effective Monday, Michelle Willits is director of online editorial for News Now, CUNA's online daily newsletter. She returns to News Now, where she began her CUNA career as a web associate editor in 2003. Her other CUNA experience includes advertising supervisor for Credit Union Magazine and, most recently, manager of new alliances for CUNA Strategic Services. Willits also supports CUNA's Creating Member Loyalty training for internal staff and was selected to be a graduate assistant for CUNA Management School in 2012. Before joining CUNA, she worked at newspapers in Illinois, Colorado, and Nevada. Willits earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula. She reports to Lisa McCue, vice president of editorial communications, who is based in Washington, D.C.. Willits will succeed longtime director Leigh Gregg, who will retire in January.
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/3/13)--A Harrisburg, Pa. man was indicted last month on 399 charges of theft for allegedly defrauding Pennsylvania State Employees CU of more than $22,000 ( Nov. 21). Masharad Tunis Carter, 24, is accused of using the photo-sharing website Instagram to meet PESCU members and offer them money in exchange for their debit cards and account access. Dauphin County detectives and the district attorney's office alleged that Carter deposited more than $62,000 in stolen and fraudulent checks into 14 accounts, and subsequently withdrew $22,646 from them at ATM machines in Rite-Aids, Wal-Marts, Giant grocery stores and PSECU branches and at locations in New Jersey between December 2012 and November 2013. Police claim to have video evidence of Carter depositing the checks into the accounts. Some PSECU members whose accounts were involved told law enforcement officials that their cards were stolen, but couldn't explain how Carter allegedly knew their PINs. Police said that others admitted to meeting with Carter and giving him their cards in exchange for money--Yasim Khalif Carter, 22, faces 34 felony theft charges stemming from accusations that he defrauded PESCU of more than $800. PSECU officials and police in Harrisburg and Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships provided information to Dauphin County police and prosecutors in the investigation that led to Carter's arrest and indictment. PSECU, headquartered in Harrisburg, has over $4 billion in assets …
  • SAN ANTONIO, Texas (12/3/13)--The charity arm of Security Service FCU announced last week that it gave $5,000 to Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater San Antonio. The Security Service Charitable Foundation said the funds will be used to help pay for financial education classes for low and moderate income families--to help them implement budgets, manage debt and resolve other financial problems. SSFCU President Jim Laffoon (right) and Letha Harrelson, manager of business development (left) presented the check to Gloria Delgado, President/CEO of CCCSSA (center). SSFCU, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, has about $7 billion in assets …


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