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CU System briefs (11/22/2011)
  • FORT WAYNE, Ind. (11/23/11)--A man arrested for trying to hold up Freedom Financial FCU in Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday morning was a member of the credit union who allegedly  told police he tried to rob it because he was in debt and in danger of losing his house.  Michael Boester, 34, also allegedly said he had banked at the Fort Wayne-based credit union for much of his life and knew employees by name.  He allegedly said he saw the scared look of one teller and started to leave, police said.  The robbery was thwarted when another member saw a man enter, yell "Give me your money" and "Put the money in the bag," and elbowed the robber, knocking him down. The member then followed the fleeing suspect and got a license number of the getaway vehicle.  Boester and Molly Hutmacher, 23, were arrested as they arrived in their driveway.  Hutmacher's two-year-old daughter allegedly was in the van during the robbery, said police (The Journal Gazette Nov. 22) …

  • WILMINGTON, Calif. (11/23/11)--Dignitaries helped Family FCU, a low-income designated community development credit union, launch a remittance corridor with the Federal Reserve and Mexican Consulate on Nov. 12 to provide low cost remittance services for members with family in Mexico . (See News Now Nov. 15 for full story.) From left are Mexican Consul General David Figueroa Ortega; U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.); Family FCU CEO Lucia Moreno-Linares; National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions West Coast Program Officer Rafael O. Morales; Family FCU Founder Father Luis Valbuena, OMI; Wilmington (Calif.) Honorary Mayor Lupe Lopez; and Federal Reserve Bank Director of FedGlobal ACH Payments Jorge Jimenez. Also attending were representatives from three cajas (credit unions ) in Mexico: Ignacio Macias Mercado from Caja Popular Agustin de Iturbide; Marco Estrada and Jaime Carrillo from Finamigo; and Alejandro Olvera Cano from Caja de la Sierra Gorda. (Photo provided by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions) …
  • MERIDEN, Conn. (11/23/11)--The Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation presented donation checks totaling $25,000 to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Care & Share Holiday Food Drive. The program benefits the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare. Food bank reserves in the state are seriously depleted because of a destructive hurricane in August, a severe snowstorm in October, and poor economic conditions, said the foundation.  From left are Tony Emerson, president/CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut; Nancy L. Carrington, president/CEO of Connecticut Food Bank; Kelly Fuhlbrigge, league vice president of government relations; Gov. Malloy; Joanne Todd, league board chair and president/CEO, Northeast Family FCU; Gloria J. McAdam, president/CEO, Foodshare; and Paul V. Dorner, foundation chair and chief administrative officer, First Bristol FCU. (Photo provided by the Connecticut Credit Union Charitable Foundation)  …


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