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CU System briefs (12/27/2012)
  • FORT WAYNE, Ind. (12/27/12)--Fort Wayne, Ind., police say they are concerned that serial robbers may be behind a surge in credit union and bank robberies in the area (Associated Press via The Republic.com Dec. 16). Fort Wayne reported 15 financial institution robberies during 2012, some of which involved the institutions' employees being bound or injured.  The total is more than the past four years combined, said police. On Nov. 30, an employee of ProFed FCU was ambushed and held at gunpoint, then she and two co-workers were bound at the hands and ankles while three men collected cash and fired shots in the building before fleeing. That robbery was one of the most violent of this year's robberies, police said. The area also experienced a high number of robberies in the late 1990s before the creation of a special robbery task force in Northeast Indiana. Police said that most times a rash of robberies may occur when someone is released from prison or moves into the area, or from gang activities as individuals move on to other crimes. Six of the 2012 robberies occurred at Chase Bank locations.  So far, three men have been arrested, with two convicted and a third to stand trial in January …
  • MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (12/27/12)--A Marlborough, Mass., man was charged Thursday with two counts of uttering a false check and two counts of larceny by check over $250 after he allegedly stole more than $5,000 in checks from his girlfriend's parents (The MetroWest Daily News Dec. 21). Jason A. Pagan, 32, allegedly tried to cash one of the checks at St. Mary's CU. The branch manager contacted the victims and told them Pagan had tried to cash the check but couldn't because of insufficient funds. Police said Pagan allegedly had drained their account by writing himself 12 checks totaling $5,551 …
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/27/12)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) Monday announced that Abby Kiebach, CEO of Lancaster (Pa.) Red Rose CU, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Paul E. Kanjorski Advocacy Scholarship (Life is a Highway Dec. 26). The award entitles Kiebach to attend the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., in February. Kiebach has developed working relationships with local, state and federal officials. Through her experience at the CUNA GAC, she hopes to enhance her political knowledge for continued service on the association's Governmental Affairs Committee, and make a difference for the credit union movement, said PCUA ...
  • SAN ANTONIO (12/27/12)--Security Service FCU (SSFCU) is officially a Juntos Avanzamos credit union. Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) President/CEO Dick Ensweiler last week presented the credit union with a proclamation and a flag, which represents the credit union's participation in the TCUL initiative (LoneStar Leaguer Dec. 17). The Juntos Avanzamos--or Together We Advance--designation is earned through a rigorous application and review process, in which a credit union must demonstrate it has the capacity, commitment and compassion to serve the Hispanic market's financial needs, said the league ...


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