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CU System briefs (10/11/2011)
* FRESNO, Calif. (10/12/11)--Counterfeit checks are circulating with Fresno County FCU's name, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The Fresno, Calif.-based, $438 million asset credit union learned that official bank checks were sent with a scam letter encouraging recipients to cash the checks (ksee24.com Oct. 7). The credit union was notified by an officer of the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol division of the JFK Airport in New York, who indicated that the division had confiscated one box of checks shipped from Africa to an individual in Los Angeles. The box contained 250 FCFCU "official" checks in various dollar increments: $40,000, $15,000, $7,500, $3,500, and $2,500. The box could have cost more than $2 million in losses. The credit union also received calls from various banks and individuals indicating they had been presented the checks and asking for verification of funds … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (10/12/11)-- Harrisburg, Pa.-based Belco Community CU announced that two training activities of its training coordinator, Jennifer Fetterhoff, have been published in a new book, "The Book of Road-tested Activities by Elaine Biech. The book was published by the American Society of Training and Development and Pfeiffer, a resource for training. It includes a collection of more than 100 games and activities tested in real training situations. Fetterhoff's contributions, "Acquainted Antics" and "Puzzled Prospects," were both created for Belco employee training sessions and are among the few submissions from financial institutions, said the credit union. Fetterhoff, shown with the book, is co-editor of the Central Pennsylvania ASTD chapter newsletter. (Photo provided by Belco Community CU) … * LEWISTON, N.Y. (10/12/11)--Virginia A. "Ginny" Venditti, manager of the Niagara Falls Air National Guard FCU, Niagara Falls, N.Y., for more than 25 years, died Sunday in Lewiston, N.Y. She was 57. Venditti served as treasurer of the board and treasurer of the Niagara chapter of the Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) for more than 15 years. In 2006, she received the "Professional of the Year" award from CUANY. In 2009, the credit union merged with Niagara Falls Air Force FCA, where she continued working until her illness (Niagara Gazette Oct. 9) …


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