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  • LAREDO, Texas (1/17/12)--A former credit union employee has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 robbery of Laredo (Texas) CU, said police. Asael Cruz, 29, of Laredo was arrested Tuesday without incident. The robbery occurred at 7:08 p.m. when an employee who exited through the credit union's rear door was confronted by a man with a handgun. The armed robber allegedly threatened to kill the employee if he called police, and bound his wrists and ankles, taped his mouth shut and left him in a storage room. The armed man told a female employee to open the vault and fill a plastic bag with money. He allegedly also threatened her life. He taped her to a chair and fled with the money (7thspace.com and pro8news.com Jan. 12) …
  • WAUSAU, Wis. (1/17/12)--A Feb. 29 hearing has been set for David Samuelson, 52, of Green Bay, Wis., who is charged with robbing the Tower CU in Wausau on Jan. 10. During the heist, the robbery suspect allegedly showed a gun to a teller and demanded money. The teller froze, and the robber screamed at a second teller to give him money; pounded on the counter; and threatened to shoot the credit union's operations manager. The robber fled and police gave chase. Samuelson was arrested while allegedly hiding behind trees (WSAU.com Jan. 12)  …
  • HOUSTON (1/17/12)--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) says Houston-based Members Choice CU (MCCU) earned the No. 10 spot among the Top 10 Lenders  in the Houston SBA District Office. The presentation was made at a recent Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders luncheon to MCCU President/CEO Steve Gilman and staff by Manuel R. Gonzalez, SBA district director.  In June, the credit union earned a Preferred Lender designation from SBA, giving the credit union authority to streamline the process to provide financial assistance to small businesses. At the presentation are, from left, Regina Jenkins, Bruce Hurta, Pat Harris, Gilman, Gonzalez, and Yolanda Garcia Olivarez. (Photo provided by Members Choice CU) …


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