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  • MANASSAS, Va.(12/4/12)--Three people in Manassas, Va., have reported fraudulent charges to their credit/debit cards and Prince William County Police said the crimes may be linked to a card skimmer placed on an ATM at a credit union in the area. The victims used the ATM between 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, and began noticing fraudulent charges. Police urged consumers to check any ATM they use for anything looking suspicious, especially around the card reader area (Manassas.Patch.com Nov. 30) …
  • GENEVA, Ill. (12/4/12)--The former president of $1.8 million asset Aurora (Ill.) Firefighters CU has been charged with felony theft and unlawful use of a credit card stemming from $35,000 in misappropriated credit union funds. Anne Schaal, who was president from 1996 to 2011, allegedly posted phantom payments to a general and personal credit accounts, used the credit union's credit card for personal expenses, failed to make required tax filings on the credit union's behalf, and made an error on member credit cards that resulted in losses to the credit union. Schaal allegedly also spent $580,000 in family assets on a gambling addiction hidden from her former husband. Both the criminal case and a civil lawsuit filed by the credit union are set to continue in January (BeaconNews.com Nov. 29) …
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (12/4/12)--Deanna Waskelis of Kentwood, Mich., a member of Lake Michigan CU, has won $20,000 in the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates Grand Raffle, which benefits the league's federal PAC, MCULLAF. When the credit union's CEO, Sandy Jelinski, notified Waskelis, who works in a Grand Rapids dental lab, Waskelis thought the call was a joke. "I'm not sure if there are enough words to describe how much I can use this right now," she said (Michigan Monitor Dec. 3). Waskelis, center, is shown with, from left: Lake Michigan CU's Bill Clancy, vice president of retail strategy; Don Bratt, vice president of marketing; Leo Vicari, vice president of facilities; and Jelinski. This year's raffle took in a record $200,460. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) …
  • BAYTOWN, Texas (12/4/12)--Baytown, Texas-based Community Resource CU has been named a "Juntos Avanzamos" credit union, a designation reserved for credit unions that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and service to the Hispanic community, announced the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer, Dec. 3). The league presented the $298 million asset credit union with the Juntos Avanzamos flag Thursday. Juntos Avanzamos translates as "Together We Advance." The initiative is part of the league's goal to identify Texas credit unions that effectively serve the emerging Hispanic market, so Hispanic families know that the location has affordable and friendly financial services.  To see the ceremony, use the link to the YouTube video
  • BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (12/4/12)--Dale Seward Chidester, former manager, and treasurer-manager of Kellogg Community FCU, Battle Creek, Mich., died Oct. 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle Creek Enquirer Dec. 2). He was 100 years old. Chidester was a founding member of the credit union and served as treasurer-manager from 1941 to 1958. From 1958 to 1973, he served as full-time management.  He also was vice president of the Michigan Credit Union League for nine years in the 1940s, served on a number of key committees, and was a national director of the Credit Union National Association at the time of his retirement …


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