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  • PORTLAND, Maine (8/3/12)--A Maine woman pleaded guilty to acting as a getaway car driver in four credit union and bank robberies in the state earlier this year.  Maria Mattson, 30, of Westbrook is charged with interference with commerce by robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery (Press-Herald Aug. 1). In January and February, she allegedly drove Paul Sans, 29, also of Westbrook, to robberies at Orono-based University CU's Portland branch;  Portland-based TruChoice CU;  Portland-based Evergreen CU's Windham branch; and Auburn Savings Bank, Lewiston. (Bangor Daily News Feb. 17). Sans pleaded not guilty earlier this week to four counts of bank robbery, interference with commerce by robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.  A witness at the bank robbery noted the license plate of the getaway vehicle.  If convicted, Mattson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $125,000 fine; Sans faces up to 20 years in prison and a $200,000 fine …
  • GROTON, Conn. (8/3/12)--Charter Oak FCU unveiled a 30-foot-tall advertising wrap around a two-story elevator earlier this week at a mall in Waterford, Conn.  The Groton, Conn.-based, $703 million asset credit union said the wrap in Crystal Mall is part of its new branding campaign (GateHouse News Service via Norwich Bulletin Aug. 1). The wrap covered three sides of the elevator. It sports the company's orange tree with its website address, Facebook logo and mortgage logo …
  • RALEIGH, N.C. (8/3/12)--State Employees' CU (SECU) employees, through the SECU Foundation, are providing a 10-year, $2.5 million low-interest loan to assist in construction of a Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE ) facility in Pittsboro, N.C.  Under development by Piedmont Health Services Inc. (PHS), the facility will provide services for older adults who meet state eligibility criteria for nursing home-level care.  The 4.5-acre site will serve residents of Chatham, Lee and southern Orange counties. PHS and the Department of Family Medicine at University of the North Carolina School of Medicine will also collaborate to establish the first teaching PACE program in the state at the center, educating medical and allied health professionals in the PACE model.  The project aligns with SECU's new initiative to help support members in the 60+ age demographic through resources for various life stage issues. That demographic is projected to increase in North Carolina by more than 400,000 people per decade, reaching 2.14 million or about 18% of the state's total population by 2030 …


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