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CU System briefs (12/18/2012)
  • ST. LOUIS (12/19/12)--A former employee of St. Louis (Mo.) Community CU has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $105,000 from her employer. Jamie Askew, 36, of Troy, Ill., pleaded guilty in a federal court in St. Louis to one count of embezzlement. The theft occurred between mid-2009 and this past May. Askew was indicted in August and sentencing is set for March 20. She faces up to 30 years in prison (Associated Press Newswires Dec. 18) …
  • OROVILLE, Calif. (12/19/12)--An off duty police officer conducting a transaction thwarted a robbery at Sierra Central CU in Yuba City, Calif., at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The officer, David Bryning took the robbery suspect to the floor and with the assistance of another member, held him until more police arrived. The suspect, Alexander Scott Sears, 48, allegedly walked into the credit union wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and stocking hat and refused to remove them when asked. The suspect allegedly placed a bag on the counter and announced the robbery, and told the teller to fill the bag with money. He did not display a weapon.  Bryning overheard and grabbed the man. Sears is charged with attempted bank robbery (Oroville Mercury Register Dec. 18) …
  • LANSING, Mich. (12/19/12)--Leaders from several mid-Michigan credit unions recently participated in an evening reception at the University Club on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing for current state Senate Finance Committee Chairman Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.) Brandenburg, pictured second from right, is shown with representatives from Lake Trust CU, Lake Michigan CU and the Michigan Credit Union League's government affairs team, who participated in the event. Brandenburg continues to be an important supporter of Michigan's credit unions, said the league (Michigan Monitor Dec. 17). Support for the event was provided byu the Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, the league's state political action committee.  (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) …
  • ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/19/12)--Minnesota credit union representatives received an insider's look at the upcoming legislative session at a meeting with state House Commerce leader Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) Monday. As incoming chair of the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Policy and Finance Committee, Atkins works closely with credit unions on legislation impacting them and their members. During his 10 years in office, Atkins has been a strong credit union supporter and worked with them on financial issues, said the Minnesota Credit Union Network. At the meeting, he discussed the state of the economy and the recovery of the state's credit unions. Attendees emphasized that credit unions are slowly rebuilding after the recession and asked him to continue to help strengthen the economy and create jobs. For the next legislative session, Atkins stressed the importance of educating elected officials about credit unions. With 40% of incoming lawmakers being new in 2013, teaching elected officials about the credit union difference will be more important than ever, Atkins said. He encouraged credit unions to keep an open line of communication with him on any issues the state Legislature should consider. Pictured are, from left, Atkins, MnCUN Board Chair Pat Pierce and MnCUN Vice President-Governmental Affairs Mara Humphrey. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network) …
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (12/19/12)--Mark Richter, president/CEO of Grandville, Mich.-based First United FCU has been appointed to the board of directors of Xtend Inc., a Grand Rapids-based multi-owned cooperative credit union service organization. Richter fills a vacancy on the nine-member board. CUSO Board Chairman Steve Searfoss said that leaders from more than 10% of Xtend's owners expressed interest in the board seat. Xtend President Scott Collins noted that Richter has been an "adamant supporter of both Xtend and our partners over at CU*Answers for many years."…


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