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CU System briefs (03/29/2011)
* CONYERS, Ga. (3/30/11)--A man suspected of holding up Georgia's Own CU March 9 and tying up members and employees with duct tape in a back room before leading police on a high-speed car chase was indicted Monday in a federal district court in Atlanta. Cepeda Broughton, 40, was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the armed robbery. He allegedly entered the credit union, ordered three employees and a member into a back room where he bound them with duct tape, and forced a fourth employee to open the vault and give him money before binding that employee with duct tape. The robber escaped with $140,000 in a stolen vehicle, but a member outside the credit union called 911. The car chase that ensued caused multiple traffic accidents before the getaway car was stopped. Broughton was arrested after a chase into an apartment complex (Rockdale Citizen March 28) … * ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (3/30/11)--PSCU Financial Services, a credit union service organization (CUSO) based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has issued a $21.3 million dividend for its member owners for 2010. It also passed along $6.5 million in savings in the form of price cuts and rebates, and saw a 6.3% increase in net income and revenue, the CUSO said. In addition, it also paid $8.9 million in revolving funds due to member-owners in December--four months early. The CUSO also saw a 6% growth in debit/credit/prepaid and online bill payment transactions; a 4.9% expansion in contact center volumes; and 1.3 billion transactions. It did so by reducing service billings, issuing an invoice rebate and trimming $10 million from operational costs, said Craig Esrael, president of First South Financial, Bartlett, Tenn., and chairman of PSCU Financial Services' board … * LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. (3/30/11)--The headquarters of United Nations FCU (UNFCU) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR certification signifies that Court Square Place, a 16-story, 274,000-square foot facility, performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets industry standards for indoor air quality Court Square Place serves as headquarters for UNFCU on seven floors; the balance is occupied by four additional tenants, including the United Nations … * INDIANAPOLIS (3/30/11)--Financial Center, an Indiana credit union, is teaming up with local charities to sponsor, a website that promotes charitable giving and volunteerism in the state. Financial Center is the chief driver behind Shift Indiana and is collaborating with individuals and charitable organizations to create content on the site. Readers are also invited provide content by telling how they are changing Indiana through their volunteerism and charitable efforts …


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