* ERIE, Pa. (4/14/10)--Three Erie, Pa., residents have been charged with trying to extort money from an Erie couple after the wife told a teller at Erie FCU that her husband was being held hostage and that the couple were being held against their will. Tayron Cargile, 24, and Devon Henderson, 27, are accused of trying to force the wife to withdraw funds from her account at the credit union on Monday morning (TimesNews
April 13). Gerald Pass, 23, is accused of using an ice pick to hold the husband at the couple's apartment while the others went to the credit union. The wife told the teller than a man and woman were in a car outside, waiting for her to turn money over to them. The teller called police. No funds were withdrawn, no one was hurt, and no weapons were found in the car. The three suspects are charged with false imprisonment, extortion and conspiracy to commit theft by extortion ... * GREENSBORO, N.C. (4/14/10)--Two men forced a 75-year-old woman to drive to a State Employees CU branch and withdraw cash Thursday, said police. The woman told police she was in a bank parking lot when a man asked her for a ride. She drove him to a grocery, where they picked up another man. They forced her to drive to the credit union. One man accompanied her into the credit union and forced her to withdraw an undisclosed amount. After forcing her to drive them back to the original pickup point, they took two rings and fled (News-Record.com
April 9) ... * BOSTON (4/14/10)--Industrial CU (ICU) announced the winners of its 17th annual
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John J. Campana Memorial College Scholarship Program. Hosting the drawing were U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant Gen. Joseph C. Carter. Also on hand was Dan Egan, president of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Credit Union Leagues and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island. Ten winners were awarded $1,000 each for college tuition, books and/or fees. The scholarship is named after John J. Campana, who served as the $126 million asset credit union's treasurer for more than 50 years. From left are: ICU President Roy Campana, Brown, and Egan. (Photo provided by Industrial CU) ... * METAIRIE, La. (4/14/10)--Greater New Orleans FCU, based in Metairie, is offering Mobile Banking and Account Alerts, so members can view their GNO accounts on their mobile phone, make transfers, review histories, stop payments on checks and view cleared checks from any phone with a Web browser. Account Alerts will allow online Home Banking users to track their finances by receiving prompt notifications of key activity taking place in their accounts via e-mail alerts. Nearly 52% of GNO's membership is younger than 45 years old, said the $103 million asset credit union ... * RALEIGH, N.C. (4/14/10)--State Employees' CU (SECU) is offering a new Federally-Insured Deposit Account, the newest addition to North Carolina's National College Savings Program. The account will appeal to parents, grandparents and others looking for the security of a deposit account with the investment advantages of a NC 529 plan. Contributions made by North Carolina taxpayers to the account, or any of the other 13 investment options available under the NC 529 account, may be eligible for an annual state income tax deduction. Earnings on the account's investments options also are free from federal and state income tax when used for qualified higher education expenses. SECU launched the account on Monday ...