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  • DARIEN, Conn. (4/12/12)--A Turkish man living in New York pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft by using ATM skimming devices. Ahmet Cilek, 42, a citizen of Turkey who last resided in Levittown, N.Y., was charged for his role in ATM skimming across southern New England (Darien Times April 9). The skimming devices were installed between February and July 2011 on ATMs at 11 banks and one credit union in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Cilek and co-conspirators allegedly also placed devices on ATMs that contained hidden pinhole cameras that recorded personal identification numbers that members and customers used to access their accounts. More than 250 bank accounts were victimized, and financial institutions lost more than $336,057, according to court documents.  Cilek, who was one of several who have been charged with the skimming schemes, faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.  His sentencing has been set for July 2  in New Haven …
  • RIVERSIDE, Calif. (4/12/12)--Volunteers from Altura CU helped students at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School
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    in Murrieta, Calif., attempt to achieve a new Guinness World Record for Largest Art Lesson in a Single Venue.  In March, more than 1,000 crayon-toting students gathered with teachers, parents, grandparents and volunteers, including volunteers from Altura, The official count: 1,103 participants, surpassing the record set by 879 participants last September by a school in London. Altura, whose history is linked with school employees, tries to assist local educators and schools when possible with donations of time, supplies and money. Four Altura volunteers monitored a class of students as part of the documentation process required by Guinness, said Trisha Rudd, Altura business development officer, who volunteered.  They watched students once the lesson began and made sure they participated throughout the lesson. They then wrote and signed a statement of their observations, which is submitted to Guinness as part of the school's application for the record. (Photo provided by Altura CU) …
  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (4/12/12)--Following the excitement of the recent mega millions jackpot, Chartway
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    FCU's We Promise Foundation hosted a special sweepstakes to support local children facing life-threatening illnesses.  The contest, in which entrants had a one in 1,500 chance to win free groceries for a year, raised $29,800.  Joining the We Promise Foundation to pull the winning ticket were six local children whose dream of visiting Disney World came true, thanks to the local charity and the support of Toby's Dream Foundation. They received a worry-free, week-long escape to Disney World and joined in presenting a grant totaling $101,600 to Toby's Dream Foundation to change the lives of 20 young fighters.  Pictured are We Promise Children Erick, Delvery and Dakari helping We Promise award the $101,600 grant to Joan Steele, executive director of Toby's Dream Foundation. In the background are Rick Lieberman, Chartway vice president of lending; and parents of We Promise children Jessica Renda, Jamie Hooks, Briston Tutwiler and Kristen Germroth.  Use the link  for a video of the event.  (Photo provided by Chartway FCU and We Promise Foundation) …


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