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* SEATTLE (4/5/10)--Three teenagers and a 40-year old man have been charged with four counts of first-degree robbery related to a string of heists at banks and a credit union between Jan. 11 and Feb. 24. The incidents included a robbery of a branch of Alaska USA FCU in North Seattle on Feb. 24. Charged are Shennell Kennebrew, 16, who was dubbed the "F-bomb bandit" for presenting profanity laced notes demanding cash; Jade Beers, 17, allegedly the getaway driver; Kennebrew's boyfriend, Dasha Taylor, 17; and Keith Sims, 40, a convicted felon. Court papers said Sims and Taylor persuaded the girls to rob the banks while they stood on lookout (Seattle Times April 1) ... * LANSING, Mich. (4/5/10)--Lake Trust CU, formed by the merger of Plymouth-based Detroit Edison CU and Lansing-based NuUnion CU, marked its first day of operations Thursday with member receptions at each of its 22 branches. Promotions included special giveaways, refreshments, and the kick-off of a special auto loan promotion for April. Lake Trust CU is now Michigan's fourth-largest credit union, with $1.5 billion in assets ... * FORT WAYNE, Ind. (4/5/10)--Three Rivers FCU and other financial institutions in the Fort Wayne, Ind., area are receiving hundreds of calls from local residents saying they had received automated telephone calls about a frozen account or debit card (TimesBulletin.com March 31). The calls are a scam. Three Rivers FCU is the primary institution mentioned in the calls, the credit union told local media, but other banks reported customers receiving similar calls. The automated voice asks to verify the account and asks the recipient to press a phone key to give the information. When the key is pressed, the voice asks for the number of a Visa check card or ATM card and its personal identification number (PIN). The credit union advised consumers to hang up and not give out information, and to notify the financial institution. Those who give out their information are urged to cancel their card ...


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