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* KENNEWICK, Wash. (4/20/09)--A 70-year-old woman has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $90,000 for stealing $106,000 in 1983 from Tri-City Medical CU and Gesa CU in Kennewick, Wash. Barbara Kurz, who had fled to Arizona under an assumed name and was recently arrested in Mesa, Ariz., pleaded guilty Thursday in Benton County Superior Court. Her jail term was about double the top of the standard range (Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Tri-City Herald April 17). The Medical CU was her own business and she had been a supervisor at Gesa's Kennewick office … * HOUSTON (4/20/09)--Two men pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court to aggravated robbery of Investex CU, Houston, in November. Dominque Sherrard Ervin and Carl Edward Preston Jr. told the court they worked with credit union employee Dorcell Devon Johnson in planning the holdup, which yielded more than $202,000. They face up to 25 years in prison. During the robbery, Ervin and Preston brandished weapons, pointing them at a security guard, at Johnson, and others, and Ervin fired his weapon. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that police became suspicious of Johnson when they watched surveillance tapes of the heist because he appeared unafraid during the incident. Johnson is being tried separately (Houston Chronicle via April 16) … * SANTA ROSA, Calif. (4/20/09)--Redwood CU (RCU) recently sponsored
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the Cesar Chavez Health Fair in Santa Rosa, an annual event that centers on health education and awareness for families, particularly among the Hispanic community. Volunteers from RCU were on hand to provide information about financial wellness in reducing stress, anxiety and other potential health issues. Rene Meza, branch manager for RCU's Mendocino Avenue branch, noted the $1.8 billion asset credit union has supported the health fair for the past five years. "Our message of financial well-being is particularly relevant in today's challenging economy," Meza said. Here, RCU's mascot, Reddy the Redwood, and staff help entertain children and promote the message that saving is fun. (Photo provided by Redwood CU) … * SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (4/20/09)--Southbridge CU has appointed Jeffrey Davenport as president/CEO. Davenport was a director of the Massachusetts Share Insurance Corp. and served as a trustee of the New York Credit Union Foundation. He also is active in community groups. Southbridge is a 71-year-old credit union with more than $166.1 million in assets (Worcester Telegram & Gazette via April 12) …


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