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* PORTLAND, Ore. (2/8/10)--A woman was sentenced to more than 10 years for her role in an identity theft ring that operated in the Portland, Ore., area from 2004 through early 2007. Carol Crane, 47, the sixth person to plead guilty in the case, was sentenced to 124 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution to a credit union, banks and individuals, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Portland field office. Crane and the accomplices obtained money by stealing identification and documents from unsuspecting victims and using them to obtain money from banks and Portland Teachers CU (now OnPoint Community CU) (Targeted News Service Feb. 3) ... * BEAVERTON, Ore. (2/8/10)--More than 45 credit union staff and
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advocates met with Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-3) last month at Advantis CU in Milwaukie, Ore. Credit union advocates used the opportunity to discuss member business lending, interchange fees and mortgage modification (Oregon Outlook February). Blumenauer said he intends to sign H.R. 3380, the “Promoting Lending to America’s Small Business Act,” which would raise the member business lending cap to 25% of assets from 12.25%. In the photo, Ron Barrick, left, president/CEO of Advantis CU, is shown welcoming Blumenauer to the Town Hall meeting. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of Oregon) ... * BEAVERTON, Ore. (2/8/10)--Oregon Rep. Greg Walden (R-2) visited
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John Day, Ore., for the Oregon State Snowmobile Convention (Oregon Outlook February). Old West FCU board member John Bastian is involved with the sport, and Walden’s visit to the convention provided the credit union with an opportunity to discuss credit union issues such as interchange fees and overdrafts. From left are Old West FCU President Ken Olson, Walden, John Bastian and Lindy Bastian. Old West FCU is based in John Day, (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of Oregon) ... * WESTBROOK, Maine (2/8/10)--Maine's credit unions raised more than
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$375,923--a record--in their Campaign for Ending Hunger, the Maine Credit Union League announced Thursday during its Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event. This year’s total was an increase of nearly $700 over last year’s record. Holding the ceremonial check presented at the event are, from left, Luke Labbe, president/CEO of PeoplesChoice CU, Biddeford, and chair of the league’s Social Responsibility Committee; Maine’s first lady, Karen Baldacci; and John Murphy, league president (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League) ... * NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (2/8/10)--New Jersey credit unions, sponsor of
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Rutgers University athletics, showed their support Wednesday at the men’s basketball game against St. John’s. From left, Kevin Mac Connell, Rutgers’ deputy athletic director, met with Paul Gentile, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League, before the game. Mac Connell presented Gentile a signed basketball as a token of appreciation of the league’s support. Rutgers, the largest university or college in the state, is located in New Brunswick, N.J. Credit union representatives manned a table in the sponsor's section offering information on how to join a New Jersey credit union. (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League) ... * LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (2/8/10)--Gwinnett FCU will fund $63,500 in educational scholarships this year. They include: nine $2,500 student scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college to pursue an education degree and plan to return to Georgia to teach; 13 $2,000 scholarships for career advancement to eligible members enrolled in an accredited study program at a college, university or technical institute; three $2,500 lifetime achievement scholarships; and two new scholarships. The new ones include a $2,500 scholarship in memory of Janet Pomeroy, founding member of Clarke Community FCU, and a $5,000 annual scholarship at Georgia Gwinnett College for students majoring in early childhood education, special education or another major leading to teacher certification ... * KALAMAZOO, Mich. (2/8/10)--Educational Community CU, Kalamazoo, will offer 21 scholarships, totaling $23,000, this year. They include 19 $1,000 scholarships and two $2,000 scholarships. The $2,000 scholarships are in honor of Donna vanWestrienen and Robert E. Treloar, both board members at the $330 million asset credit union for more than 20 years ...


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