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* NEW ORLEANS (8/2/11)--A New Orleans man, Gerard A. Jackson Jr., 44, was sentenced Thursday in a U.S. District Court to 22 years in prison for his role in two armed robberies in New Orleans. The first occurred at ASI FCU on June 11, 2009, and the second was on July 1, 2009, at Capital One Bank. Jackson also was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; for attempting to conceal information from a law enforcement officer by having his girlfriend report her car, used as a getaway vehicle, as stolen; and attempting to coerce others to provide a false alibi. Judge Carl J. Barbier also imposed eight years of supervised release after the prison term, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (US Fed News July 28) … * EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (8/2/11)--A Connecticut man has been charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree larceny after his arrest Saturday in connection with a robbery of the American Eagle FCU, East Hartford, Conn., on Thursday morning. Nigel Cobb, 32, allegedly passed a note demanding cash to a teller and left with an undisclosed amount. It was not clear whether the robber had a weapon (HartfordCourant July 30) … * ATLANTA (8/2/11)--The fourth defendant in an armed bank robbery of the Statesboro, Ga., branch of Hinesville, Ga.-based GeoVista FCU, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for her role as getaway driver and organizer of the Sept. 7, 2010 robbery. Tymesha Hamilton, 24, helped then-GeoVista employee Nicholas O'Brian Roberts plan the robbery and recruited Clifton Allen and Marcus Dar-rell Dean to enter the credit union with firearms and rob it. They fled with $27,000. The three men were sentenced in April to prison terms. Hamilton was also ordered to pay $17,200 in restitution and a fine of $2,400, and undergo five years of supervised release, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (States News Service July 7) … * WEST MONROE, La. (8/2/11)--Donna Wagoner, who has been CEO of Ouachita Valley FCU, based in West Monroe, La., since 2003, retired Friday. She is succeeded, effective yesterday, by Katie Pilcher, who has been with the credit union for 21 years. Wagoner arrived at the credit union in 1986 with her husband, Julius Wagoner, then-CEO of the credit union. The couple rescued the troubled credit union, and she took over as CEO in 2003. Today it has $138 million in assets, 25,000 members and five full-service branches. She was inducted in the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame in 2010 and continues serving as a director for the Louisiana Credit Union League ( July 30) … * LANSING, Mich. (8/2/11)--Michael Fitzgerald, former Michigan Credit Union Division director and former chairman of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS), died July 22, according to the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation. Fitzgerald was employed with the Michigan Financial Institutions Bureau for 28 years and was responsible for the supervision of more than 300 state-chartered credit unions. He became director of the division in March 1981, after serving in several other positions, including assistant director. He served on the NASCUS board from 1981 through 1988 and was chairman during 1986-1987. He also chaired the State Liaison Committee to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and was active in NASCUS' Accreditation Program. He was a proponent for the development of an independent accreditation program of credit union supervisory agencies and was instrumental in forming the NASCUS program. Under his watch, Michigan's credit union examination program was the first in the nation to submit to independent review and receive accreditation in 1989 …


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