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  • PORTLAND, Maine (12/12/12)--A woman who pleaded guilty to driving the getaway car in five bank and credit union robberies in Portland, Maine, earlier this year has been sentenced to more than four years in prison (Associated Press Newswires Dec. 11).  Maria Mattson, 31, of Westbrook, Maine, also was sentenced to three years of probation.  She was charged with aiding and abetting bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery.  Her co-defendant, Paul  Sans, 30, Westbrook, pleaded guilty in October to several counts of bank robbery and will be sentenced in January.  The robberies occurred in January and February and included robberies of Orono-based University CU's Portland branch; Portland-based TruChoice CU, and Portland-based Evergreen CU's Windham branch (News Now Aug. 3) …
  • ATLANTA, Ga. (12/12/12)--A former postal workers union official pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Macon, Ga.,  to embezzling more than $13,000 from the union's Athens local and submitting false statements to get a loan from a credit union in the union's name.  Joseph Allen was charged with fraud that allegedly occurred between October 2005 and May 2008 while he was treasurer of Local 588 of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Athens.  According to court documents, Allen allegedly used the union's name to obtain a $10,000 loan from Atlanta Postal CU and allegedly submitted fabricated minutes of a meeting in which union members allegedly approved applying for a loan. No meeting was held. He is charged with one count each of bank fraud, making a false statement to a credit union and filing a false report, and six counts of embezzlement  (Athens Banner-Herald Dec. 5) …


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