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CU System briefs (02/02/2009)
* HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/3/09)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation benefited from the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-23 cliffhanger win over the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday's Super Bowl LXIII. In a friendly wager between the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Arizona Credit Union League, PCUA issued a challenge that the losing state would make a contribution to the winner's state foundation. In recognition of the Steelers' sixth Super Bowl championship, the Arizona league will make a $100 contribution to the Pennsylvania foundation (Life is a Highway Feb. 2) … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (2/3/09)--The Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) has once again been ranked in the top 20 Lobby Power Groups in the state by Capitol Inside magazine. The league was ranked No. 17 out of 1,200 Texas trade associations. The article cited Jeff Huffman, Carolyn Merchan-Saegert (now a contract TCUL lobbyist), and Buddy Gill in the listing. No other financial services trade group made the publication's Top 20, said the league (The Advocate Feb. 1) … * HAGERSTOWN, Md. (2/3/09)--A former contract worker at Fannie Mae pleaded not guilty Friday to planting a virus in a computer to destroy all 4,000 computer servers nationwide at the nation's largest mortgage finance company. Rajendrasinh B. Makwana, 35, of Glen Allen, Va., pleaded not guilty to one count of computer intrusion. The Justice Department said that if the virus had been released as planned on Saturday, it would have shut down operations for a week and cost millions of dollars. Makwana, an Indian citizen who has lived in the U.S. since at least 2001, was fired Oct. 24 from his computer programming job at Fannie Mae in Urbana, Md., for erroneously writing programming instructions that changed the setting or servers, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Associated Press Jan. 31) … * WORCESTER, Mass. (2/3/09)--A man is charged in the robbery last week of Digital FCU's Worcester, Mass., branch after the taxi he planned to use as a getaway car left the scene and he was apprehended running down the street. The suspect, Lewis D. James, 25, allegedly took a cab to the credit union and told the driver to wait for him. When he returned carrying a duffel bag, the cab driver became suspicious, locked his doors, and took off. James is charged with armed and masked robbery in the incident Thursday. He also was charged in the Jan. 13 robbery of a bank (Worcester Telegram & Gazette Jan. 31) … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (2/3/09)- Walter J. Costello, longtime board chairman of Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News Employees FCU (now Media Members FCU), died last week. He was 87. Costello served as board chairman from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. He retired from the newspaper in 1989, where he was advertising art director. At his retirement, he was named director emeritus--the only person at the credit union to receive that honor. (Life is a Highway Feb. 2) …


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