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* OGDEN, Utah (10/29/09)--A nineteen-year-old was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $10,000 for her part in a check-kiting scheme against three credit unions. Britney Kylie Thorp is one of four young women charged since June with communications fraud for opening checking accounts with bad checks. She was ordered to pay more than $4,592 to Weber CU, Riverdale, Utah; more than $4,006 to America First CU, Ogden; and more than $959 to Mountain America CU, West Jordan. The defendants allegedly used the funds to pay bills and cover expenses as opposed to buying big-ticket items, said police. Others charged included sisters Kelli Ann and Kari Marie Foprd, 19 and 20, respectively, and Jessica Ann Richardson, 21, of West Valley City. Their cases are pending. Richardson pleaded guilty earlier this month and will be sentenced Nov. 18 (Standard-Examiner Oct. 28) … * ST. LOUIS, Mo. (10/29/09)--A gym full of children counted down 3-2-1, the scissors cut the ribbon, and Gateway Metro FCU of St. Louis
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opened its second student-assisted branch in an elementary school, this time at St. Ferdinand School in Florissant. At the opening, Gateway Metro President David Barton spoke to students from all grade levels about the importance of saving and the impact the new branch will have on their school. Here, credit union staff and students cut the ribbon on the new branch, which will open every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Target gift each time they deposit $5 in their credit union account. In 2006, the credit union opened its first student branch at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. (Photo provided by Gateway Metro FCU) … * WICHITA, Kan. (10/29/09)--Beginning this week, Wichita's Southeast High School students can open a savings or checking account, use their debit card or apply for a 0% interest laptop loan at school through Credit Union of America's new Buffalo Branch. The branch is named for the school's mascot. It is the first financial institution branch inside a Wichita high school (The Wichita Eagle Oct. 28). Credit union President Bob Thurman told the newspaper he hopes the branch will help students establish credit by teaching real-world skills such as balancing a checkbook and paying bills on time. Students 15 and older can open a savings account with $5. Most other accounts require a signature from a guardian or parent. Students 16 and older can open a checking account without a co-signer if they complete an online tutorial and pass a test … * RALEIGH, N.C. (10/29/09)--State Employees' CU (SECU) members, through the SECU Foundation, have pledged $500,000 to the Vital Connections Capital Campaign for the expansion of the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter (HPCC) in Winston-Salem. HPCC will use the funds to add a Palliative Care Clinic and a new 10-bed wing to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, increasing the number of beds to 40 …


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