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* LANSING, Mich. (9/25/09)--The Kalamazoo (Mich.) Chapter of Credit Unions hosted four state legislators for a legislative breakfast Sept. 14 at First Community FCU in Parchment (Michigan Monitor Sept. 21). Roughly 27 credit union representatives met with State Sen. Patty Birkholz (shown addressing attendees) (R-Saugatuck) and State Reps. Robert Jones (D-Kalamazoo), Larry DeShazor (R-Portage) and Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton). Schuitmaker made a brief appearance before her legislative assistant addressed the group. Among the topics discussed: financial exploitation legislation, term limits, the state budget, the lottery and its contribution to education, and the House Speaker's healthcare proposal (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) … * ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/25/09)--The Minnesota CU Foundation (MNCUF) launched its new website earlier this month, with a new look, new features and a more navigable organizational structure. All functions of the foundation--including grant program summaries, application forms and e-contributions--are now online. MNCUF Chair Kristi Mukomela, president of Novation CU, noted the site serves as a one-stop shop" for contributors and grant applicants. Website visitors also can explore activities of two foundation committees, Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids and the Minnesota Family Involvement Council … * GREELEY, Colo. (9/25/09)--A Colorado woman convicted of murdering an employee of the Greeley branch of Colorado State Employees CU (now Credit Union of Colorado) is seeking a hearing to claim she had ineffective counsel during the trial. Shawna Nelson filed papers to drop her appeal of the first degree murder conviction in favor of the hearing. She is serving a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Heather Garraus outside the credit union. The murder occurred after Garraus' husband ended an affair with Nelson (Fort Collins Coloradoan Sept. 23) … * OCALA, Fla. (9/25/09)--A former branch manager of the Gainesville, Fla.-based Campus USA CU has been charged with taking more than $52,000 by creating false loans on a member's account and spending the funds. Michael Aubrey Groves, 32, Citra, is being charged with criminal use of personal identification information, offenses against intellectual property to defraud and grand theft. He was fired from his job in March (Ocala.com Sept. 24). The fraud apparently occurred from June 2007 through February 2009 …


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