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CU System briefs (02/15/2011)
* PAWTUCKET, R.I. (2/16/11)--Thomas Flannery, 36, was arrested at a hotel in downtown Providence, R.I., Monday morning on a warrant out of Massachusetts in connection with a series of robberies there. He was charged later with the robbery of Pawtucket (R.I.) CU, which occurred at about 10 a.m. Monday. The robber passed a note to a teller there and left with an undetermined amount of cash. Seized during the arrest were money, a demand note, gloves, and clothing used in the robbery, said the Rhode Island State Police. Flannery also is accused of three robberies in Brookline, Mass., on Jan. 26, Feb. 4 and Feb. 7, and is a suspect in a bank robbery Feb. 10 in South Attleboro, Mass. (wickedlocal.com Feb. 15 and wpri.com Feb. 14) … * KANKAKEE, Ill. 2/16/11)--Three Kankakee men are in custody after an apparent attempt was made to rob Riverside CU's branch in Bourbonnais, Ill. Names of the three were not disclosed. They were picked up by police Friday after tellers at the branch noticed two men making their way across the credit union's parking lot. The tellers locked the front doors and triggered an alarm at 1:51 p.m. (The Daily Journal Feb. 14) … * FORT WAYNE, Ind. (2/16/11)--Britain K. Flowers, 25, a former employee of Three Rivers FCU, was charged Friday in Allen Superior Court with four felonies related to the misappropriation of $47,900 from two members and the credit union (News-Sentinel Feb. 12). The incidents allegedly occurred between Sept. 1 and Oct. 12. Flowers was suspected of making unauthorized withdrawals of up to $36,400 from a member's money market account, $7,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from another account, and $4,000 from the teller drawer … * LANSING, Mich. (2/16/11)--Michigan's Downriver Chapter of Credit Unions sponsored its first legislative breakfast of 2011 in S
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outhgate with 30 credit unions and two lawmakers attending. The event was hosted by Monroe County Community CU. Lawmakers attending were Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), left, and Rep. Doug Geiss (D-Taylor), third from right. They are pictured with attendees. Among the topics discussed include these industry specific topics: raising the zero dollar threshold for reporting requirements for political action committee contributions, a bill Geiss has introduced, and shortening the redemption period for foreclosed properties. Michigan has one of the longest redemption periods in the nation. Twenty-five states have no redemption period. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) … * DUBLIN, Ohio (2/16/11)--BMI FCU President/CEO Sharon Custer has announced plans to retire in May, 2012. The Dublin, Ohio-based credit union's board of directors has selected Bill Allender as her successor, she said. Allender is currently executive vice president and will move into the position of president on March 1, 2011. He has been with BMI FCU for eight years and served previously as vice president of finance. Custer will keep the title of CEO until her retirement. After May 2012, Allender will become president/CEO …


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