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* HARTFORD, Conn. (1/7/08)--Connecticut State Employees’ CU in Hartford has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that counterfeit teller checks bearing the credit union’s name are circulating. The checks are associated with a secret shopper scam. The counterfeit items have a routing number of 011900445, which is assigned to Bank of America. The checks have red and blue borders and change from red to blue in color. A rounded rectangle is displayed across the top of the checks containing the bank’s name, location, slogan and check number. Anyone who has information about the counterfeit checks is encouraged to contact the credit union ... * ST. LOUIS (1/7/08)--The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) has completed transferring the ownership of the South and West St. Louis County shared branches to Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, effective Jan. 1. The branches operated as stand-alone locations since 1994 and 1999, respectively, and are now credit union-owned and operated outlets, said MCUA (CourierNet Jan. 4). Electro Savings retained all staff and the branches kept the same hours as before, and changes will be transparent for members. Mark Hohenstein, vice president of the Credit Union Shared Branch Network, is now based out of MCUA's St. Louis office … * DAYTON, Ohio (1/7/08)--Universal 1 CU member Kippie Reichelderfer happily took the wheel of the 2007 Ford Mustang GT Convertible she won during Universal 1 CU's 70th anniversary celebration. When she received the credit union's call at her workplace, she worried it was a scam. A visit to her local Chillicothe branch confirmed that her name had been drawn from 17,262 entries gathered during the credit union's year-long "Win With Us" campaign. Shown with the winner is her husband, Tim Reichelderfer. (Photo provided by Universal 1 CU) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (1/7/08)--State Employees' CU (SECU) announced the final round of winners in its year-long Million Dollar Sweepstakes to encourage use of electronic statements. Eleven drawings from February through December resulted in $1 million awarded to members, with 20 members winning $25,000 each and 100 members winning $5,000 each. Pictured are $25,000 winner Donna Tennyson of Charlotte and her daughter. Tennyson said she chose e-statements because she was concerned about fraud and believed e-statements was a more secure way to get her information. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU) … * ST. LOUIS (1/7/08)--Doug Macias has joined the staff of the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) as a field representative, effective Jan. 2. Macias will work primarily with smaller credit unions on the eastern side of the state. He most recently served as CEO of the $11 million asset Atlas Community CU, Wood River, Ill. He also has worked in state, federal, select employee group-based and community-chartered credit unions, said MCUA (CourierNet Jan. 4) …


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