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* ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/18/11)--Sandia Laboratory FCU (SLFCU), based in Albuquerque, N.M., reported on its website Friday that members and nonmembers have received phone calls and e-mails saying their cards or accounts will be deactivated if they don't provide sensitive information such as usernames and passwords. The calls and e-mails specifically mentioned SLFCU's name. Members also reported receiving fraudulent e-mails saying their SLFCU account "has been hacked" and the account has been temporarily put on hold. The $1.6 billion asset credit union and the state attorney general's office warned that anyone getting the message should not respond and that the credit union would not solicit information through phone calls or e-mail (kob.com April 14) … * WASHINGTON (4/18/11)--Two former employees of Washington, D.C.-based Clara Barton FCU pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court in Washington to defrauding the credit union of $675,000 in a loan scheme (Department of Justice Documents April 13). Tracy S. Kemper, 35, Temple Hills, Md., a former loan processor, and Tiffany A. Samuells, 34, Greenbelt, Md., a former member services representative, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and agreed to pay restitution and forfeit at least $519,028. The pair issued loans to friends, relatives and associates in exchange for receiving a kickback or part of the loan proceeds from the borrowers. However, some borrowers stopped paying on the loans and the two were forced to use kickback money for minimum payments on the loan. The problem was discovered when the tiny credit union merged with Pentagon FCU in November 2008. The credit union served current and former employees of the American Red Cross and their families … * St.LOUIS, Mo. (4/18/11)--The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) announced Friday that John McKechnie, senior vice president of Washington, D.C.-based Total Spectrum, will join MCUA's credit union advocacy team in Washington, D.C. He will work with MCUA Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs Amy McLard to lobby credit union issues before U.S. Congress and other governmental entities and will advise MCUA in developing educational programs to motivate credit union professionals and volunteers to increase their involvement in the political process. McKechnie previously was director of public and congressional affairs at the National Credit Union Administration for five years and was a former senior vice president of legislative affairs staff at the Credit Union National Association … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/18/11)--Fran Muto, longtime president/CEO of People First FCU, Allentown, Pa., announced he will retire, effective June 30. His credit union career began in 1974 after working as an examiner for the National Credit Union Administration. For the past 36 years, Muto led the People First from a $4 million asset, single sponsor organization to a full-service, community-chartered credit union with more than $374 million in assets. He has served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Associated Credit Bureau Services, Card Services for Credit Unions, and Member Business Financial Services. Muto is a past president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Credit Unions. He will be honored by PCUA as its Professional of the Year at its annual convention next month in Hershey, said PCUA. Susan Phillips has been named as acting president/CEO (Life is a Highway April 15) …


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