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* MESA, Ariz. (7/27/10)--A former employee of Phoenix-based Arizona FCU employee was arrested Wednesday and charged with identity theft by Mesa police after allegedly applying for credit with the personal information of four members. Esther J. Hulse, 46, allegedly used a member's identity and her own address to apply for credit cards. The thefts were discovered when a credit union member received a call June 22 from Bank of America, thanking her for applying for a credit card online. The call prompted her to review her credit report, where she discovered someone had used her name, birthdate and Social Security number for credit cards from Capital One and Bank of America. Hulse owns the residence at the address given to the card issuers. The victim recognized Hulse's name as the credit union employee who helped her refinance her home. (The Arizona Republic July 22) ... * FORT WAYNE, Ind. (7/27/10)--An e-mail scam is using the name of Fort Financial CU, a $180 million asset credit union in Fort Wayne, Ind., said Indiana State Police in a press release last week. The e-mail informs recipients that unusual or potentially high risk activity has been observed in their account and instructs them to download a form attached to the e-mail and open it in a Web browser. The form asks for full name, credit/debit card number, card expiration date, card verification number and its PIN. The credit union doesn't solicit its members to verify their account information by e-mail and phone ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/27/10)--LANCO FCU, based in Lancaster, Pa., is reporting that fraudulent checks using the credit union's routing number have surfaced in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). Fraudsters are using the fake information to purchase goods at department and grocery stores, said PCUA (Life is a Highway July 26) ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/27/10)--Erie (Pa.) FCU CEO Norb Kaczmarek was honored Saturday with a retirement dinner attended by nearly 200 people, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA). Among those speaking at the event were the credit union's incoming CEO, Mary Beth Wilcher; PCUA Board Chairman Ray Brunner; and PCUA President/CEO Jim McCormack. Kaczmarek's career began with Erie FCU in 1969. He has served on PCUA's Board of Directors since 1997 and was chairman 2005-2007. He continues to serve as a PCUA board member, ex-officio member of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation board, and treasurer of PaCUSC board (Life is a Highway July 26) ...


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