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CU System briefs (05/25/2011)
* CHICAGO (5/26/11)--A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for the capture of the "Wheaton Bandit," one of the most prolific serial robbers of credit unions and banks in Chicago area history. Seven of the 16 armed-takeover-style robberies occurred in the suburb of Wheaton. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and six police departments are asking the public's help in identifying the man, who first struck in January 2002 and continued robbing until Dec. 7, 2006, netting about $150,000 in the holdups. The five-year statute of limitations on the last robbery runs out Dec. 7. The suspect may have prior law enforcement or military weapon experience because of the way he handled a semi-automatic handgun, which he used to threaten employees and member/customers. He is described as white, between the ages of 25 and 35 years old at the time of the heists, about six feet tall with medium build and blue eyes. He is possibly left handed (Chicago Sun-Times, Examiner and Fox Chicago May 25 ) … * MADISON, Wis. (5/26/11)--Wisconsin's Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Wednesday urged employers in the state to apply for the Workplace Leader in Financial Education Award, a first-ever national honor to recognize employers with exemplary workplace financial literacy efforts aimed at enhancing employee financial well-being. The award was launched by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society for Human Resource Management. DFI Secretary Peter Bildsten also encouraged employers not providing financial education to begin doing so. Deadline for award submissions is July 1 and winners will be announced in October … * DALLAS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (5/26/11)--Today is Financial Institution Crime Day in Albuquerque, N.M. Dallas, Texas-based SWACHA-The Electronic Payments Resource has teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Albuquerque office to host a seminar to help local credit unions and banks reduce their exposure to fraud, according to a press release from SWACHA. A number of speakers will cover issues such as white collar crime, fraud, robbery and identity theft, Social Security protection, electronic pickpocketing, and cyber-crime trends in the area and across the nation. According to SWACHA President/CEO Dennis Simmons, there were 180,000 phishing attacks reported in the U.S. last year … * LANSING, Mich. (5/26/11)--Michigan credit unions were among the 4,000 people who braved a driving rain and chilly temperatures for
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the 2011 National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's annual Kidney Walk May 15 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. The walk raised more than $300,000 for the foundation's prevention programs and patient services throughout the state. The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) and Affiliates's team, shown here, contributed more than $47,000. MCUL CEO David Adams, far right in the photo, the 2011 honorary chair of the event, opened the walk with 9-year-old Danny Zivian, a patient and this year's top fundraiser. Major sponsors included MCUL and Affiliates, CU Solutions Group, CUcorp, Meijer, Fresenius Medical Care, Michigan Kidney Consultants, Greenfield Health Systems and other businesses. Kolleen Schocke of CU Solutions Group was the top individual contributor from the credit union community, raising $2,375, followed by Adams with $2,295, and Drew Egan with $1,815. Local credit union organizations participating included: ELGA CU, Downriver Community FCU, Good Shepherd CU, Shore to Shore Community FCU, First Catholic FCU, Co-op Services CU, Public Service CU, Michigan Services CU, and CenCorp (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) … * HERNDON, Va. (5/26/11)--Northwest FCU Foundation is bringing financial education to local elementary schools with an interactive school assembly featuring its children's book, Westie's Triple Decker Decision. The foundation already has reached 1,000 kindergarten through third grade students at three local elementary schools in Herndon and Vienna, Va. The assembly also performed at Northwest Federal's Member Appreciation Day. The assembly features an interactive book reading with children's author and Northwest Federal employee Joelle Hahn, foundation employee Shannon Tackett, and the credit union's mascot, Westie the dog. The children's story helps kids understand the importance of finding a balance among saving, spending and sharing. Students then create their own story about saving, spending and sharing by using ideas learned in the Westie in the Schools seminar and submit it in a foundation essay writing contest …


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