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* TULSA, Okla. (10/28/09)--A man who hid in the bushes until an employee of Oklahoma Members First FCU arrived for work robbed the $21 million asset, Tulsa-based credit union Thursday, said police. When the employee opened the door, the masked man jumped out and pressed an object that felt like a gun to the employee's head and forced her inside. He stole money from the vault and fled. Police found pieces of a broken replica gun inside the credit union (Associated Press Newswires (Oct. 22) … * KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (10/28/09)--A former teller pleaded guilty of embezzling $218,293 from the Molokai Community FCU, based in Kaunakakai, Hawaii. Daniel K. Mahiai, 32, of Molokai, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement by removing funds from his teller's drawer. He replaced $55,982 before the thefts were discovered, said the U.S. attorney's office. Mahiai covered up the theft by making false entries in members' accounts and placed some accounts on "no mail" status, which prevented the credit union from sending members' statements reflecting the withdrawals. He faces a maximum 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million (Honolulu Advertiser Oct. 24) … * ALLENTOWN, Pa. (10/28/09)--Two men were sentenced to prison for their roles in a Sept. 17, 2007, robbery of First Class FCU, Allentown, Pa. Asharif Tansmore, 36, of Philadelphia, and Terrance T. Meitzler, 31, of Allentown were sentenced Oct. 20 to three to six years each in state prison after pleading guilty to robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. They also were ordered to pay more than $67,000 in restitution. Three other co-defendants received prison sentences earlier: Adrian Galsgow, 32, sentenced to five to 10 years in prison; Chris Mason, 33, sentenced to 5 1/2 to 11 years; and Gregory Brown, 37, sentenced to seven to 14 years. During the holdup, one robber struck the credit union CEO on the head with what was believed to be a gun. Brown's sentence also involved charges of holding up Paragon FCU, Bethlehem, Pa., on Nov. 7, 2006. (Allentown Morning Call (Oct. 21) … * RICHARDSON, Texas (10/28/09)--Texans CU has received the 2009 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Gold Award from the Texas State Board of Education. The award honors employers who implement a policy to encourage and support employees actively participating in school activities. Texans CU won based on its employee dedication and commitment to Junior Achievement. The award will be presented during the November State Board of Education meeting in Austin. During the past three years, more than 100 employees have affected the lives of at least 3,200 students by teaching the Junior Achievement curriculum in the classroom. They logged nearly 650 total hours in the classroom, plus an additional 650 hours of travel time to and from the schools … * SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (10/28/09)--Rev. William J. Coleman has been hired as the new president/CEO of Tri-County Community Action Agency Inc. and Halifax County Community FCU, a $9 million asset credit union in South Boston, Va. He began his duties on Oct. 19. Coleman replaces William E. Coleman, who served as president/CEO for more than 42 years before retiring this fall. The newly appointed Coleman has worked in several top management positions, including as CEO of his own accounting firm. He most recently served as human resources director of a retirement community in Lynchburg, business auditor for the Campbell County Commissioner of Revenue's office and as finance officer for the Southside Community Services Board in South Boston. He has served as a member of the board and chairman of the delinquent loan committee of Lynchburg-based Beacon CU. The two Colemans are not related (Gazette Virginian Oct. 26) …


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