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* MILAN, Ill. (5/28/09)--Two women have been indicted by a grand jury in a Rock Island, Ill., U.S. District Court for lying about their knowledge of a robbery last summer at a DHCU Community CU branch in Milan, Ill. Rachel R. Pitchford and Laruen E. Talbot were accused of denying what they knew about the June 23 robbery, which was conducted by Evander Allen Jordan Jr., and Christopher Scott Myles. The men pleaded guilty to the robbery. Myles was sentenced to more than seven years in prison and must pay $112,140 in restitution. Jordan will be sentenced June 19. Pitchford is accused of giving Myles specific information about the credit union's maintenance of an ATM, including the time of day it is serviced, the number of employees who service it, and the security present. The indictment did not state whether she was an employee of the credit union. The credit union is based out of Moline, Ill. (Quad-City Times May 22) … * PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. (5/28/09)--Donna Mae Robinson, 46, of Pleasant Garden, N.C., has been charged with obtaining more than $100,000 in property by defrauding eight financial institutions--including seven credit unions. According to the arrest warrants, Robinson faces charges of obtaining the property under false pretenses, financial card fraud and two counts of felony conspiracy. The documents said she obtained or attempted to obtain auto loans, personal loans and credit cards by using the identities of three women. The offenses, dating back to August 2008, were against: Summit CU; Greensboro Municipal CU; Choice Community CU; Suntrust Bank; Coastal FCU; Truliant FCU; Piedmont Aviation CU; and Carolina Postal CU. Robinson is in Guilord County jail under a $300,000 bond ( May 23) … * LANSING, Mich. (5/28/09)--Two Michigan credit union chapters held legislative breakfasts that attracted a number of credit unions and legislators, reports the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor May 26). On May 11, the Metro West Chapter saw 28 credit union people, two state legislators and three legislative assistants at its breakfast/annual meeting at Detroit Edison CU, Plymouth. State lawmakers attending were Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-Canton) and Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia). Staff also attended from the offices of state lawmakers Sen. Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit), Rep. Bert Johnson (D-Highland Park), and Rep. Marc Corriveau (D-Northville). On May 18, the Mid-Michigan Chapter met in Sagiaw with 48 credit union supporters and seven state legislators: Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), and Reps. Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City), Andy Coulouris (D-Sagnaw), Jim Stamas (R-Midland), Tim Moore (R-Farwell), Kenneth Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Bill Caul (R-Mt. Pleasant) … * COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (5/28/09)--Ent CU employees and members contributed $27,287 for the 2009 Climb to Conquer Cancer fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society of Southern Colorado. As patron sponsor, the credit union helped the event exceed its overall fundraising goal by 150%. The event brought in more than $51,000 for local cancer patient assistance and research into cures and treatments. Nearly 100 employees participated in the climb at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, south of Colorado Springs. Hundreds of others contributed to other Ent fundraising activities such as jeans days, barbeques, bake sales and tickets for breakfast …


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