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* WASHINGTON (8/8/11)--Reginald A. Clark, 42, a former accountant at Washington, D.C.-based Hoya FCU, was sentenced Thursday to 63 months in prison for the theft of nearly $220,000 from the credit union, which serves Georgetown University faculty, staff and families. He was convicted on Feb. 1 in a U.S. District Court in Washington of taking advantage of the credit union's internal computer system to steal funds between 2001 and 2003. The charges were bank fraud, wire fraud and making false entries in federal credit institution records. He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release. Kenard Walston, 40, a cousin of Clark from Norwich, Conn., pleaded guilty in June to making a false statement related to the case. His sentencing is set for Aug. 31. (Targeted News Service Aug. 4) … * DES MOINES, Iowa (8/8/11)--Robin T. Brooks Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, on charges of bank robbery and weapons violations related to the May 13 holdup at Tradesmen Community CU in Des Moines. He already was facing charges in a state court for the crime. His trial in state court on charges of attempted murder, theft, and robbery will begin Aug. 22. Brooks is accused of hijacking a van during the getaway and ramming a police card with it. He was shot during the capture (The Des Moines Register Aug. 5) … * SYRACUSE, N.Y. (8/8/11)--Empower FCU, a $925.5 million asset credit union based in Syracuse, N.Y., has reached the 100,000-member milestone. It has been celebrating the milestone all summer with members through weekly drawings and announcements of winners on its website. The celebration will end with grand prize drawings on Sept. 9. "It means we are reaching a growing number of people with the benefits of credit union membership," said Empower President/CEO John Wakefield. Empower serves members through more than 2,000 select employee groups or associations … * PAULSBORO, N.J. (8/8/11)--Diane Delooff, CEO of Paulsboro, N.J.-based Research-1166 FCU, will retire, effective Sept. 2. Delooff has served the credit union industry for more than 30 years, first at RCA FCU in Harrison, N.J., and then at Research-1166 FCU, according to the New Jersey Credit Union League (The Daily Exchange and The Weekly Exchange Aug. 5). Delooff has been with Research-1166 for 22 years and oversaw its growth from $12 million to $16 million in assets …


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