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  • TAMPA, Fla. (8/21/12)--Two women and a man were arrested Wednesday in connection with opening false accounts at three branches of Suncoast Schools FCU and obtaining $152,000 in fraudulent loans.  John Fitzgerald Hartley, 47, and Laura Jean Hall, 51, of Georgia, and Jodi Summers, 21, allegedly opened the accounts between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8 with counterfeit identities of victims from three states, and applied for three loans using the Internet. Detectives traced the Internet protocol addresses in the applications to a hotel in Tampa. They contacted each suspect and told them to return to the credit union to get the loan funds. One suspect allegedly went to a branch. Detectives followed the suspect back to the hotel and arrested the trio. They are charged with fraudulent use of personal information and grand theft in the second degree. Hartley also was charged with marijuana possession (Tampa Bay Times Aug. 17) …
  • PORTLAND, Ore. (8/21/12)--Bob Corwin, currently CEO of Meritrust CU in Wichita, Kan., has been named president/CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Advantis CU, said the Northwest Credit Union Association (Anthem Recap Aug. 17). He will succeed President/CEO Ron Barrick, who plans to retire. Corwin became CEO of what was then Boeing Wichita CU in 2008 after 30 years at First Tech CU in Beaverton, Ore. During his tenure Boeing changed its name to Meritrust, and assets rose to more than $830 million from $550 million. Advantis is the fourth-largest credit union in Oregon, with $930 million in assets and representing 48,000 members. Barrick, who led Advantis for more than 25 years, was named Oregon's Credit Union Advocate of the Year in 2010. Last fall he announced his plans to retire and worked with the board to find a successor …


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