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* WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (5/17/10)--Robins FCU is among the financial institutions in the Warner Robins, Ga., area being forced to reissue credit and debit cards because a local, unidentified merchant was breached. Robins FCU said in a press release reported by the Macon Telegraph (May 14) that about 2,000 of its debit and credit cards were affected. Its card processor notified the $1.3 billion asset credit union that a merchant, whose name was not released, experienced a payment processing breach that compromised the cards of members and other customers who had conducted business there. Robins immediately blocked the cards and notified the accountholders via e-mails and letters and will be issuing new cards with new numbers and expiration dates ... * LAKE FOREST, Calif. (5/17/10)--Twelve Southern California credit
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unions and the CO-OP Network donated one million bags to "Stamp Out Hunger," the National Association of Letter Carriers' (NALC) food drive. The contributions helped promote the food drive and increase donations, according to Eagle Community CU, a participant. This year, more than 268,000 pounds of food--the second largest collection on record--were collected in Orange County. Last year credit unions donated 650,000 bags and helped prompted the most successful drive, said Eagle Community CU CEO Bill Birnie. "We really appreciate the support of our local credit unions," said Paula Miller, NALC Region One Food Drive coordinator. "The bags they donate are the only advertising we get that can double or triple donations," she said. Eagle's employees--including Eagle Internal Auditor Nancy Powers, shown here--also volunteered at five local post offices to unload and sort incoming donations. They processed 20% of the donations in the county. Other participants included: Priority One, CUT, Camino FCU, Southern California Postal CU, USC CU, CalCom FCU, LA Healthcare FCU, South Bay CU, Mattel FCU, City of Downey FCU, San Gabriel Valley Postal CU, and California Agribusiness CU. (Photo provided by Eagle Community CU) ... * HUNTSVILLE, Utah (5/17/10)--Employees of Weber State FCU, Ogden, Utah, participating in a twice-a-year highway cleanup program have contests over who can find the most unusual item beyond the typical cigarettes and beer cans. They've discovered bones, windshields and old toys. But on May 13, they found something that brought good news to Centerville resident David Davis: his wallet, which had been missing for nine months. In it were his driver's license, credit and debit cards, certification cards and more than $170 in cash. It took some legwork to find Davis, who was ecstatic. He told Weber State's marketing manager, Dustin Allen, that he had lost it in August after stopping at a gas station to gas up his watercraft. He set the wallet on top of the watercraft and forgot about it. It fell off to the side of the road. Davis had searched for it for hours. The credit union reunited Davis with the wallet on May 10 (Standard-Examiner May 13) ... * DES MOINES, Iowa (5/17/10)--A member of Tradesmen Community CU, Des Moines, Iowa, lost $392 in a cell phone phishing scam when someone in Dublin, Ireland, used an ATM to withdraw money from his credit union account in two thefts. George Lawrence told people someone sent a recording to his cell phone informing him his debit card had been deactivated. To reactivate it, he had to key in his account number and card expiration date on the phone. Lawrence said the request sounded reasonable because someone had used his debit card number to pay for six calls to sites he did not authorize in April. He notified the credit union of the fraudulent charges; the credit union told him he would not have to pay the amount stolen (The Des Moines Register May 12) ... * PHOENIX (5/17/10)--The former manager of the now-defunct Marian Miami FCU, which was based in Miami, Ariz., has been sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Phoenix to more than four years in federal prison for embezzling more than $860,000. Marlene Aquilera Pena, 46, also was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $1.2 million and to serve five years of supervised release after the prison term. She had pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Court documents said that she admitted taking funds for herself and her family by creating 141 fictitious loan accounts. The credit union was closed in 2006 after the embezzlements were discovered (The Arizona Republic May 14) ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (5/17/10)--Walter Shanabrough, who served for 20 years as the board chairman of Blue Chip FCU in Harrisburg, Pa., died Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway May 14). He was 85. He served as chairman of the credit union from 1986 to 2006, stepping down to become chairman emeritus. A memorial service will be held May 28 at Chapel Hill United Church of Christ in Camp Hill, Pa. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, a brother and sister, and three grandchildren(Patriot-News May 14) ...


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