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CU System briefs (08/18/2010)
* KALAMAZOO, Mich. (8/19/10)--A robbery suspect was nabbed 40 minutes after Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Consumers CU was robbed Monday--because she left her identification on the teller counter. Kimberly Ramirez was arrested after allegedly leaving her personal debit card and a demand note written on the back of a prescription made out in her name on the counter as she fled. The robbery occurred at about 12:57 p.m. She was arrested at 1:30 p.m. outside her apartment. Police found almost $10,000 and a hat, sunglasses and purse identical to those worn by the bank robber. The driver of a car matching the getaway vehicle told police he had picked up a woman at the credit union and been paid $1,235 to drive her around. Police recovered that cash, also (Chicago Tribune Aug. 17) ... * WAYNESBORO, Va. (8/19/10)--A driver who mistook the accelerator on her car for her brake slammed into DuPont Community CU's Lucy Lane branch in Waynesboro, Va., and caused between $35,000 and $45,000 to the credit union's building. The incident, involving an 81-year-old driver, occurred Tuesday at about 9:30. Her vehicle sustained about $1,500 in damage. No one was hurt (The News Virginian Aug. 17) ... * FRANKLIN, Ohio (8/19/10)--MidFirst CU, a $186 million asset credit union based in Franklin, Ohio, has changed its name to MidUSA CU Inc. The change occurred because the credit union is interested in expanding into new markets while serving existing members, and because the credit union was challenged on the use of its name by a competing financial institution, MidUSA President/CEO Jim Miles told local media. The credit union will take a phased-in approach to the transition, he added (Timestcnewsnet.com Aug. 17) ... * MACON, Ga. (8/19/10)--Two Georgia-based credit unions and a bank have been targeted in a widespread credit card fraud affecting employees of Robins Air Force, said Warner Robins police (The Telegraph Aug. 17). Police received about 30 reports between Friday and Tuesday that fraudulent charges were made in New Jersey, California, and as far away as Canada and Australia on the local institutions' accounts. Members of Robins FCU, a $1.3 billion asset credit union in Warner Robins, and Macon, Ga.-based $124 million asset MidSouth FCU's Warner Robins branch experienced compromised accounts. Fraudulent purchases ranged from $2 to $200 ...


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