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  • FALL RIVER, Mass. (12/15/11)--Paul Dias, suspected of allegedly robbing St. Anne's CU in Fall River, Mass., Thursday and driving away from the $764 million asset credit union in a stolen car, was arrested Monday while allegedly attempting to rob a bank (heraldnews.com Dec. 14). A police officer working a paid security detail at the bank, Kevin Dolan, noticed a bright orange note being carried the robber after he entered Admirals Bank in Fall River. The robber had pulled into the bank parking lot in a maroon Chevy Impala that Dolan recognized as being reported stolen Dec. 5 in Traunton, Mass. When Dolan approached Dias at the bank, Dias tried to hide the orange note, so Dolan arrested him. The note Dolan seized instructed the teller to turn over cash, police allege …
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  • ROANOKE, Va. (12/15/11)--A former Roanoke, Va.-credit union employee who pleaded guilty to embezzlement was sentenced to 10 days in prison Tuesday (The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com Dec. 14). Catherine Keith, 35, who was a branch manager at Freedom First CU, admitted that she modified the loans of family members to illegally withdraw money for her own use. She also diverted account notifications, which were sent to her rather than the relatives. Keith told Judge William Broadhurst she used to the money to help make ends meet after her husband went on disability. Keith has repaid $36,000, but still owes $10,000. Broadhurst sentenced Keith to three years in prison, suspended after she serves 10 days …


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