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* FORT WORTH, Texas (2/26/09)--OmniAmerican Bank--a former credit union-- reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing its name are in circulation. The items display a routing number--102000979, which is assigned to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Denver. While similar to authentic cashier's checks, the bogus items display a padlock icon and security feature statement on the right side, with the word "REMITTER" in the lower left corner. Authentic checks display the routing number 122234822, which is assigned to U.S. Bank in San Diego. OmniAmerican Bank issues its cashier's checks through MoneyGram International using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank. Authentic checks also display a thermochromic security feature at the end of the signature line in the lower right corner. OmniAmerican was created in 1956 as a credit union but converted to a bank in January 2006 … * WASHINGTON (2/26/09)--Seven credit unions in District of Columbia exhibited their products and services at U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton's Tax Fair at the Washington Convention Center Feb. 14 (FOCUS Newsletter Feb. 23). Hundreds of D.C. residents received free tax filings and were encouraged to visit the exhibit hall to learn more about, and join, credit unions. During Norton's press conference, she thanked credit unions for participating. They included: Congressional, Department of Commerce FCU, DVA, HEW, HUD, Library of Congress and Signal Financial FCUs. Here, Holmes poses with Tracy Bailey, business development coordinator of HEW FCU. (Photo provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/26/09)--The Pittsburgh (Pa.) Chapter of Credit Unions has named Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, a Children's Miracle Network hospital, as its official charity for 2008 (Life is a Highway Feb. 24). The chapter's credit unions, through a variety of fundraisers, raised nearly $20,267 for the hospital. Chapter representatives were given a personal tour of the new children's hospital after presenting the check Friday … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (2/26/09)--The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have promoted state and regulatory lobbyist Melissa Ameluxen to director of state government affairs. In her new position Ameluxen will oversee the state legislative and regulatory affairs for credit unions in the two states. She succeeds Keri Bailey, who is now vice president of government affairs for the California Grocers Association. Ameluxen will continue to work from the league's Sacramento office. She previously served as field representative, legislative assistant and district director for California State Assemblyman Russ Bogh, and as a campaign manager for various California state legislators, including Assemblyman Bill Emmerson …

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