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* ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (5/27/11)--A Bloomfield, N.M., man, Kacey Allen Fisher, 34, was sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing eight financial institutions, including a credit union, in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release after his 151-month prison term and ordered to pay restitution to the banks and the only credit union robbed, Animas CU, Farmington, N.M. The credit union holdup, on April 3, 2008, was the last robbery committed in the spree that began on Feb. 25, 2008. In each case, Fisher entered the bank or credit union and robbed it while another man served as getaway driver. Fisher was arrested in August, 2008. They men robbed the credit union and two banks in New Mexico, three banks in Arizona, and two banks in Colorado (US Fed News May 24) … * PANAMA CITY, Fla. (5/27/11)--Anthony David Stalnaker, 42, of Lynn Haven, Fla., was arrested about eight hours after he allegedly walked into Panama City-based Tyndall FCU, sat down with a member service representative, and said he had a bomb in the case he was holding. When asked if he were serious, he said no but then asked if she had a panic button and indicated he knew she had keys to the vault. He also allegedly asked whether there would be oxygen inside the vault. Stalnaker then collected his credit union statements from the employee and left with the case and without money. Tyndall issued a press release assuring members that proper security procedures were followed and members and staff remained safe. No money was taken and no accounts compromised (The News Herald May 26) … * HANSCOM AFB, Mass. (5/27/11)--Hanscom FCU's 57th Annual Meeting highlighted its fundraising successes of 2010, with the presentation
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of $21,911 to the CU Kids at Heart Program to benefit Children's Hospital Boston. Raised throughout the year by members, staff and volunteers, the funds represent a 30% increase over 2009, said Board Chairman Paul Marotta. The credit union also was lead fundraiser for the Massachusetts Credit Union League's Credit Union Hope Initiative in 2010 and supported the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, veterans' charities, scholarships, and a high school ROTC program. It also collected personal care items for hospitalized veterans and provided a giving tree at Hanscom AFB, and sponsored the Airman Leadership School, the Patriot Honor Guard, the Patriot Enlisted Association and the Patriot Senor NCO Association. It is a major sponsor of Hanscom Heroes Homecoming, which honors troops returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here, Jane Melchionda of the CU Kids at Heart program is presented the check with, from left, David Sprague, Hanscom FCU president/CEO; Andy Martin Jr., the credit uniok's Children's Hospital patient partner; and Ray Phillips, board member and Hanscom FCU's Boston Marathon runner. (Photo provided by Hanscom FCU) … * MADISON, Wis. (5/27/11)--The Disclosures, a Madison, Wis.-based thrift rock band sings about credit unions and has an album of the songs, made its television debut Monday morning on In the band are Christopher Morris, director of marketing at the National Credit Union Foundation, and Chad Helminak, web and member development strategist at the Wisconsin Credit Union League …

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