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Woman arrested in 26-year-old CU embezzlement
KENNEWICK, Wash. (2/19/09)--A woman suspected in a 26-year-old embezzlement case involving two credit unions was arrested at her Mesa, Ariz., home Tuesday. Two Kennewick, Wash., detectives arrested 70-year-old Barbara Kurz, who is accused of taking $106,000 from Tri City CU, Kennewick, and possibly $4,000 from GESA FCU, Richland, Wash. (thenewstribune.com Feb. 18). She was shocked but cooperative and said she “knew this day was coming,” Sgt. Ed Wessing, spokesman for the Mesa Police Department, told the newspaper. Kurz was an employee supervisor at GESA’s Kennewick branch, and used the office space there to do paperwork for her own business--Medical CU. She has lived in Arizona since 1985, according to court documents, and under a false name since 1991, the newspaper said. Kurz was 44 years old and a married mother with four children when she left her family and credit union job behind in 1983. She’s being held on a warrant for first-degree theft and faces extradition to Benton County in Washington.
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