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CU System briefs (01/11/2010)
* EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (1/12/10)--Two men were arrested Friday morning after a car chase and foot chase, and charged with attempting to rob East Hartford (Conn.) FCU. The would-be robbers were thwarted when a clerk saw two masked men approaching the credit union and locked the door before they could get inside. Police said the credit union was especially security conscious because it had been robbed before. In custody are two Hartford men, Quincy Soyini, 35, and Kunta Soyini, 31. Kunta Soyini was also charged with reckless driving, failure to stop a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration. The $10.5 million asset credit union serves East Hartford police and firefighters (The Hartford Courant Jan. 11 and WFSB.com Jan. 8) ... * FORT WORTH, Texas (1/12/10)--American Airlines FCU announced that $9.6 million in dividends was paid to its member -owners on Dec. 31. The board approved the dividend payout at its meeting Dec. 18. "Our sound lending decisions and efficient operation have kept us secure, strong and solid, which enables us to once again provide our member-owners with this bonus dividend," said President/CEO Angie Owens. To recognize the most active and loyal members, an additional $50 bonus was distributed to those who participated in three or more of the eight major account categories ... * HARTFORD, Conn. (1/12/10)--Federal prosecutors said they are seeking a five-year prison sentence for Melissa Laliberte, 39, of Wallingford, Conn., for embezzling more than $700,000 from Meriden Franco-American FCU, now defunct. The former credit union bookkeeper was scheduled to be sentenced today. She pleaded guilty in September in a Hartford, Conn., federal court to embezzlement and filing a false income tax return. She admitted she took cash from members' loan payments, made unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts, drew her salary several times a month and used member checks to pay personal expenses. The credit union was placed into liquidation last year (Associated Press Newswires Jan. 10) ... * FAIRFAX, Va. (1/12/10)--Apple FCU has expanded its field of membership to include employees and students of Prince William County Public Schools and their families, announced the $1.2 billion asset Fairfax, Va.-based credit union. The expansion will give Apple more than 80,000 potential new members, according to a filing with the National Credit Union Administration. Apple has 19 branches and 99,033 members. Its field of membership also includes the City of Winchester Public/Private Schools, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools and about 300 other specific groups (Washington Business Journal Jan. 8) ... * BOULDER, Colo. (1/12/10)--Elevations CU, based in Boulder, Colo., has equipped an ATM with a voice guidance system to make it easier for visually impaired individuals to have full access to an ATM. The ATM is located near Elevation's on-campus branch at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in the University Memorial Center. The ATM provides instructions to the user through a built-in audio port. Members can plug in standard headphones into the ATM's headphone jack to hear instructions in either English or Spanish. Both audio and visual instructions are provided for any transaction. Elevations has more than $900 million in assets. Its eight branches serve Boulder and Broomfield Counties ...


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