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* JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (8/7/09)--Thieves tried to steal a credit union's ATM with a stolen backhoe early Wednesday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (News4Jax.com Aug. 5). The incident, which occurred at a VyStar CU stand-alone ATM in Mandarin, was discovered by a passerby who called police at 4:30 a.m. A tractor with a backhoe pulled the ATM out of the ground and damaged the machine. For a video report of the damage use the link … * SEATTLE (8/7/09)--A substitute postman was charged last week with mail theft and bank fraud after alleged swiping business checks totaling $220,000 from his delivery route and depositing them into his wife's account at BECU (formerly Boeing Employees CU). After allegedly depositing a check for more than $208,000, Trevor L. McBee told his wife they'd won the lottery, according to court documents. The documents allege he forged the payee's name on the back of the check as endorsement or altered the payee to include his wife's name, then forged her name to endorse the check. All checks were deposited via ATMs. (The Seattle Times Aug. 5) … * MONTGOMERY, Ala. (8/7/09)--A former accountant and chief financial officer at Wiregrass FCU, a $37 million asset credit union in Dothan, Ala., was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for embezzlement. Becky J. Hughes, 49, of Midland City, Ala., pleaded guilty March 25. She also was ordered to serve five years of supervised release. Beginning in 2000, court documents said, Hughes opened several Visa credit card accounts in her and relatives' names, and increased the credit limit of one account in her name from $5,000 to $50,000. Hughes owed $137,000 on the cards when Wiregrass discovered the problem in 2008 (US Fed News_Aug. 6) … * LANSING, Mich. (8/7/09)--The Michigan Credit Union League has promoted Marcia Hune to vice president of governmental and public affairs, and Michael DeFors as vice president of information
services, effective immediately. Hune will oversee all legislative advocacy and external communications, while DeFors will oversee regulatory affairs, education and member communication. They will split the duties of former Executive Vice President Patrick La Pine, who became president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions Monday. Hune has more than nine years' experience in state legislature as staff for two speakers of the house, two majority floor leaders and the House Republican Policy Office. DeFors, an attorney, was the league's director of regulatory affairs for five years. He has 16 years' experience as senior vice president of governmental and public affairs with the Michigan Bankers Association … * BATON ROUGE, La. (8/7/09)--Kids under 12 enjoyed the Sixth Annual Free Kids Bike Race sponsored Saturday in Denham Springs by Pelican State CU, with help from North Oaks Health Systems and Anytime Fitness (eWeekly Aug. 5). According to the Louisiana Credit Union League, more than 100 children and their families attended the event, which was created to give the community a completely free day of fun. Each bike racer received a medal of completion and a bag of goodies. Free bicycles were raffled off in three age groups: Winners were Juliana Girona, 4; Nicolas Girona, 6; and Blayne Chapman, 10. (Photo provided by the Louisiana Credit Union League) …


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