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CU System briefs (11/24/2008)
* JACKSON, Miss. (11/25/08)--A man was shot to death Saturday while allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle at an apartment complex behind Jackson-based Magnolia FCU. The man was identified as Brandon Lenard of Jackson, 20. Witnesses said Lenard was breaking into an SUV when the owner of the vehicle caught him inside the vehicle ( Nov. 24) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/25/08)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association board approved a contribution of $10,000 to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation from Pacul Services Inc. (Life is a Highway Nov. 24). The board also approved adding an existing investment policy of both PCUA and Pacul to make funds available for equity investments … * ORLANDO, Fla. (11/25/08)--An Orlando woman who headed a theft ring that defrauded several Central Florida banks and credit unions was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years' probation. Lucie Mae Thomas, 42, pleaded guilty to racketeering, grand theft and forgery. Thomas and seven others, who also pleaded guilty, set up accounts with bogus checks and withdrew cash from the accounts, netting about $5,000 daily, said prosecutors. The institutions lost more than $100,000 (Orlando Sentinel Nov. 22) … * APPLETON, Wis. (11/25/08)--Community First CU, based in Appleton, and the J.J. Keller Foundation have agreed to match up to $30,000 each for the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region's year-end appeal (Post-Crescent Nov. 23). The challenge grant money will be used to support grants from the Women's Fund and programming to help meet basic needs and secure long-term economic security through financial education as part of the fund's Financial Fluency Initiative … * MINNEAPOLIS (11/25/08)--A man who robbed U.S. FCU Friday is believed to be the same person who robbed a U.S. Bank branch two days earlier, according to law enforcement officials. The man presented a teller at the credit union with a note demanding cash. The note was written on a torn piece of tan paper. The teller gave him the cash, and the robber fled (Associated Press via Star Tribune Nov. 22) …

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