Scammers pose as Pacific Northwest credit unions in fraudulent text messages

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(Washington News Service) Washington and Oregon credit unions are working together to tackle text-message scammers. 

Credit unions in the region say they're seeing a sharp increase in complaints about fraudulent texts pretending to be from the regional financial institutions. 

At the peak of the scam, one credit union fielded between 200 and 400 calls per day from people reporting it. Wendy Smith is chief risk officer for Columbia Credit Union, based in Vancouver.

Judge sentences former Proud Boys leader to 22 years in prison for January 6 attack

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(The Center Square) - A judge sentenced the former leader of the Proud Boys to 22 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol January 6, 2021.

Prosecutors said his actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election.