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* WASHINGTON (12/20/07)--Counterfeit teller checks bearing the name of Radcliff, Ky.-based Fort Knox FCU are reportedly in circulation, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) said Wednesday in a special alert. The counterfeit items display the credit union's routing number, but are not like its authentic checks. The counterfeit items are light brown with dark borders and rounded corners, and display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic checks are light green with square corners, have the credit union's telephone number below its name and address in the top-left corner, and contain a centered watermark with its name and the "People Helping People" slogan … * HARRISONBURG, Va. (12/20/07)--Ida Blanchette, a member of Common Wealth One FCU's Johnny Appleseed Club, is one of 12 winners in a national art contest that promotes environmental awareness and thrift among children. Blanchette, daughter of Arthur Blanchette of Linville, Va., created a drawing with a recycling and conserving theme that will be featured in the Johnny Appleseed Club's 2008 national calendar. The club is a nationwide program sponsored by financial institutions to help young people learn more about ecology and money management. Blanchette's drawing was chosen from hundreds of entries. She was presented a cash award on Dec. 15. (Photo provided by CommonWealth FCU) … * SUITLAND, Md. (12/20/07)--Andrews FCU is airing 30-second television spots featuring service men and women sending season's greetings to their families back home. The $771.3 million asset credit union is working with ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 to air the soldiers' holiday greetings, which started running Monday and will continue to Jan. 1. The spots air at various times throughout each day. Each spot features three individuals from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. "Although there is no way to repay these individuals for their dedication to this country, we wanted to show a small token of our appreciation for their efforts," said Michael Hale, president/CEO … * TULSA, Okla. (12/20/07)--Tulsa Teachers CU (TTCU) has launched its School Pride VISA check cards with names of 20 Tulsa and area schools to an overwhelmingly positive response (Tulsa World Dec. 19). Members can get the cards in the name of their school. Central High School head basketball coach Terry Scott was the first to get a Central card. The credit union began issuing the cards Nov. 27. In the first two weeks, the credit union issued 668 cards, a huge number in light of the recent ice storm that disabled the state, said Kristi Brooks Cohea, vice president at TTCU. Each time a card is used, the transaction will generate a donation from the credit union to the school named on the card. The credit union plans to expand the card offer to more schools. * PEMBINA, N.D. (12/20/07)--U.S./Canada border officials nabbed a Canadian robbery suspect as she crossed into North Dakota with friends headed to a Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin. Emelda Reimer of Winnipeg was detained after border officials questioned the group and learned she was wanted on charges of stealing $35,000 from several Canadian credit unions earlier this year. The officials turned Reimer over to Canadian authorities. She was charged with four counts of robbery, two counts of robbery with a weapon and six counts of wearing a disguise (The Canadian Press Dec. 17) … * GRANITE CITY, Ill. (12/20/07)--A man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Monday after being convicted of robbing the GCS FCU, Granite City, in September. Clarence Thomas, 46, of Madison, Ill., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Also, Thomas was sentenced to five years of supervised release after finishing his prison term, and was ordered to pay $26,802 in restitution to the credit union (Belleville News-Democrat Dec. 18). He was convicted of aggravated robbery and using a firearm in commission of a violent crime, according to Randy G. Massey, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois … * YORKTOWN, Va. (12/20/07)--Robert L. Girouard, 92, who was chairman of the board at Langley FCU in Newport News, Va., for 19 years, died Dec. 15. Girouard's credit union activities also include positions at the state and national level (Daily Press Dec. 18). He represented the Virginia Credit Union League at the national level from 1967 to 1977. He spent 36 years at Langley Research Center and retired in 1980 …


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