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CU System briefs (03/07/2011)
* GREENSBORO, N.C. (3/8/11)--Piedmont Advantage CU CEO Judy Tharp was recognized as Alumni of the Year by the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington at a reception on campus March 1, said the North Carolina Credit Union League (Weekly Update March 7). Tharp graduated from the school with a concentration in management in 1978. She became the first CEO of Cape Fear Employees CU, a startup credit union, and is active in several industry organizations including the North Carolina Credit Union League and Credit Union Executives Society. She currently is vice-chair of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, a board member of the Carolina Credit Union Services Corp., and a member of the Cooperative Alliances Committee of the Credit Union National Association. Piedmont Advantage CU is a $212 million asset credit union based in Winston-Salem, N.C. … * FERNDALE, Wash. (3/8/11)--A 59-year-old woman who wore a gray wig and makeup to make herself look older has been charged with first-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation and multiple counts of forgery after she allegedly impersonated her deceased mother in a pension fraud scheme. Loewen B. Craft, 59, was arrested by detectives at Industrial CU, Ferndale, Wash. The credit union asked her to visit the branch to complete paperwork for an account she opened in her dead mother's name and Social Security number. Craft's mother, Betty Becker, died in 2007, and Craft allegedly began collecting Becker's retirement benefits after that (The Bellingham Herald March 4) …


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