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* BILLINGS, Mont. (2/16/09)--A North Dakota man was convicted Thursday of bank fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. The money laundering involved money transferred from a bank in North Dakota to Wolf Point (Mont.) FCU. Todd Horob, 40, of Williston, N.D., lied about his assets in the cattle business to get loans, said prosecutors during a three-day trial in Billings, Mont. (Associated Press Newswires Feb. 12) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/16/09)--A CO-OP Shared Branch mystery shopping program has given a perfect score--100% --to lst Choice Community FCU, Erie, Pa. (Life is a Highway Feb. 13). The credit union was rated on branch appearance, shared-branching signage, and office hours. Tellers were rated on ability to follow procedures-- such as requesting proper identification, Social Security number, and credit union--as well as on service quality--reviewing the member's receipt, making eye contact, and being professional and courteous throughout the transaction. The program ensures that tellers do not solicit the member to join their credit union or sell services. The credit union is the state's third to get a perfect score. Parkview Community FCU and Erie FCU received perfect scores in 2008 … * PHOENIX (2/16/09)--Arizona State CU has been named the No. 1 credit union in the state for the third year in a row by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, published annually by Arizona Business Magazines. The rankings are based on the largest opinion poll in the state and include more than 250 business and leisure categories. Voters are residents and business leaders throughout the state. Arizona State CU is a $1.3 billion asset credit union based in Phoenix (Business Wire Feb. 12) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/16/09)--John Curdie III, CEO of Homestead, Pa.-based Financial Advantage FCU, has announced his retirement, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Feb. 13). He is working through a transition period with the new CEO, Helenann Kozminski. Kozminski was appointed Jan. 1. She has more than 17 years experience with the Keystone Valley FCU, which merged later with TriState Rail FCU …


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