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    Wiese and Bernath, FCCU, earn professional designations

    FORT ATKINSON, WI — Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) is pleased to announce Fiona Wiese has earned the designation of Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP), and Meghan Bernath has earned the designation of Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist (BSACS).
    Wiese, Operations and Fraud Specialist, has been with FCCU since April 2014 and held many roles in her tenure with the organization. With her new APRP designation, Wiese has demonstrates “a comprehensive knowledge of risk management strategies, concepts and mitigation techniques within the payments ecosystem,” including checks, wires, ACH, emerging and alternative payments systems, and cards (debit, credit, prepaid) (Nacha).
    The program involves extensive self-study and a challenging final exam. Accredited Payment Risk Professionals must also adhere to a code of conduct which includes continued education on developments in the field of electronic payments risk management.
    “Keeping our members’ accounts secure is a top priority,” said Meghan Bernath, Chief Operations Officer. “With her knowledge and APRP designation, Fiona will lead FCCU’s efforts to prevent and detect fraud.”
    Fraud awareness has been a top priority for FCCU throughout 2023. Wiese was instrumental in the delivery of four fraud seminars at local senior centers in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Whitewater, and Watertown. The goal of the seminars was for local older adults to have a better understanding of financial fraud and be equipped with the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their finances.
    Bernath, Chief Operations Officer, has been with FCCU since February 2013 and held many roles prior to her most recent promotion in 2020. With her new BSACS designation, Bernath showcases her “commitment to identifying the latest forms of illicit financial activities and understanding evolving Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws” (America’s Credit Unions).
    BSACS designees’ education includes topics like human trafficking/smuggling detection, countering the financing of terrorism, spotting and stopping elder financial abuse and regulatory compliance.