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CU System Briefs (12/27/2013)
  • SALT LAKE CITY (12/27/13)--A bogus Santa Claus is being sought by police for robbing a credit union in Salt Lake City on Christmas Eve. The man, clad in a red- and white- St. Nick cap and sporting a beard fashioned out of cotton balls, entered the Redwood Road branch of University CU at 9:40 a.m. and demanded money. The clerk provided an undisclosed amount and the fake Santa fled--on foot. He was described as a black man, 35-40 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11, wearing jeans, white shoes and a dark sweatshirt.  (The Salt Lake Tribune Dec. 24) ...
  • LILBURN, Ga. (12/27/13)--A fire Sunday evening heavily damaged the drive-thru at Lilburn, Ga.-based Platinum FCU ( Dec. 23). No one was hurt. Firefighters were called to the credit union after 6 p.m. and found smoke billowing from the drive-thru's roof. They stopped the fire before it could spread to the branch building.  Investigators told local media that the fire began in a faulty electrical lighting fixture in the ceiling of the drive-thru ...
  • BERLIN, N.H. (12/27/13)--A former Berlin, N.H., man about to be evicted from his apartment when he allegedly robbed Berlin-based Guardian Angel CU two years ago was convicted recently in a U.S. District Court on a charge of armed robbery (New Hampshire Union Leader Dec. 18). Sentencing for Daniel Ray Hufstetler is scheduled for April 1. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the robbery. During the Nov. 14 incident, a man wearing sunglasses, white gloves and a black hat entered the credit union just before 3 p.m., went up to a teller, pulled a pistol and demanded money. He fled with $3,450. Witnesses identified the getaway vehicle driven by a woman. Hufstetler and Sheena Craig were in custody two days later.  Police said the robbery motive was likely to get money to pay rent on the apartment Hufstetler and Craig shared with two children. Just 17 minutes after the robbery occurred, $925 in back rent was deposited in the landlord's account.  Hufstetler had recently been laid off from his job at a steel company at the time of the robbery. Charges against Craig were dismissed without prejudice after the county attorney's office failed to indict her within 90 days ...
  • TOPEKA, Kan. (12/27/13)--Topeka-based Educational CU presented TARC Inc., a charity that supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a  $3,162 check Monday, the result of a challenge issued by Educational CU President/CEO Greg Winkler.  Winkler told employees if they raised $2,500 for TARC, he would shave his head.  Employees crushed the goal by raising the $3,162 within three days.  TARC is one of the $185 million asset credit union's charities of choice. The contribution will increase the credit union's total contribution for the year to more than $18,000. The amount includes all money raised through the credit union's TARC debit card, which when swiped automatically generates a 10-cent donation. That donation continues to grow and for the second consecutive year, the amount has risen by $3,000 ...
  • WENTZVILLE, Mo. (12/27/13)--Carol Minges has been named CEO, effective immediately, of the 1st Financial FCU, Wentzville, Mo., announced the $203 million asset credit union's board of directors (Missouri Difference Dec. 26).  She has served as interim CEO since June and succeeds the outgoing Frank Nelson. Board Chairman Jim Combs noted the decision was unanimous. "Her dedication to the membership, the employees and the credit union movement are unparalleled," Combs said. During her six months as interim CEO, 1st Financial FCU earned "Winning Workplace" status from Small Business Monthly. Minges was formerly chief information officer of the credit union. Her 22-year career in the credit union industry includes 11 years with Indianapolis-based Forum CU and St. Louis-based Arsenal CU ...


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