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CU System briefs (11/20/2012)
  • HOUSTON (11/21/12)--News Now recently reported that fraud rings are becoming family affairs (Nov. 15). That must go for robberies, too.  Three suspects--a father, adult son and adult daughter--are in jail on charges related to a pair of robberies in Houston, including a credit union, and possibly five robberies in the Portland, Ore., area where they used to live (CNN Wire Nov. 18). They are: Ronald Scott Catt, 50; his son Hayden Scott Catt, 20; and his daughter Abigail "Abby" Catt, 18. The father and son are charged with disguising themselves in fake mustaches, painter's masks, sunglasses, hats and orange traffic vests with an "X" on the back and robbing Katy, Texas-based First Community CU on Oct. 1. Surveillance videos showed two men pointing guns inside the credit union and emptying money from the vault. Abby Catt was charged with being the getaway car driver. Authorities traced them through purchases of painter outfits, masks and the vests from two area Home Depots …
  • GAINESVILLE, Fla. (11/21/12)--Louise Hinton, former CEO of the former Campus FCU in Gainesville, Fla., died Nov. 6 after major surgery. She was 87. Hinton started out as an accountant at the credit union and worked her way up to CEO, a position she held until she retired in 1990. Hinton was known as a pioneer for women in the world of business, said a feature about her life in The Gainesville Sun (Nov. 19).  Former credit union board member Winton "Skip" Williams told the publication Hinton was a generous woman who was passionate about the credit union. "Louise saw it as friends helping other friends," he said. "It was the mutual part of the credit union that appealed to her." …
  • ALBANY, N.Y. (11/21/12)--Nino Montani, former New York Credit Union Hall of Fame member and lifelong credit union leader, died Saturday at the age of 90. He was a devoted credit union advocate since 1952, when he helped initiate the process that led to the establishment of Hooker Employees FCU (now Niagara's Choice FCU), Niagara Falls, N.Y. He served for 25 years as the credit union's treasurer, as well as volunteer secretary, vice president and president of the board. Montani was president of the Niagara Chapter and a board member of the Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. "Nino dedicated a great measure of his life to the betterment of credit unions, and he made a lasting impact on our statewide movement," said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of CUANY. Earlier this year, Montani retired as board member and was unanimously elected to the newly created position of director emeritus. He is survived by his wife Mary, three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren …


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