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* PONTIAC, Mich. (8/19/11)--Thomas Pruente, 75, has been a loyal member for 52 years of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Pontiac FCU, Pontiac, Mich. As a hospital employee he joined because the credit union was on campus and convenient. "When we would get our paychecks every two weeks, we could just go straight over there and deposit our checks, and they wouldn't charge you to cash them either," he said. "I've felt very comfortable with them all these years, so even when I retired I've stayed with them. They've now gotten to the point where they can pay my utilities bills for me automatically [through online bill pay], which is nice." He added, "I've got credit cards, cash and checks with them. I usually go into the credit union every six to eight weeks to take out cash. I like that every time I call them I'm talking to a person and not talking to a voice on the phone. I can't say enough for how convenient and dependable they are." He was one of six people interviewed about their long-time loyalty by CNN Wednesday … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (8/19/11)--"Mystery shopper" bogus checks are circulating again, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) (Life is a Highway Aug. 18). PCUA received a report from Service Center for Credit Unions in Bensalem, which received a phone call about a $1,300 check issued in its name with a Mystery Shopper letter. Other credit unions in the Philadelphia area have also reported this fraud. The checks included in the letter are counterfeit … * KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (8/19/11)--Three people were sentenced Monday for their roles in the armed robbery of Greenville, Tenn.-based Consumer CU's Morristown branch on April 9, 2010. Joseph and Jennifer Smallwood, both 31 and of Speedwell, Texas, and Vanessa Patridge, 26, of Gatlinburg pleaded guilty on May 25. Joseph Smallwood, who admitted helping Dale Walker Johnson plan and commit the robbery and using a firearm, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Jennifer Smallwood received 30 months and Patridge 21 months in prison for being accessories after the robbery. Each defendant was ordered to pay $15,122 in restitution, pay a $100 fine, and serve three years of supervised release after prison. Johnson will be sentenced on Nov. 14 (US Fed News Aug. 16) …


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