ODESSA, Texas — The credit union that most recently suspendedits attempt to become a mutual bank worries that someone might havecompromised its security and stolen member data in order to callmembers to get them to oppose the conversion attempt.

Officials with the $114 million First Basin Credit Union havenot yet commented on the conversion suspension to the trade press,but CEO Shem Culpepper told local media outlets on Friday that theCU was investigating whether member data may have been stolen andwho, the credit union alleged, might have been calling members totell them they would lose their funds on deposit if the conversionwent through.

Leaders of Save First Basin, the member group opposed to theconversion, denied their group had made any calls and some membersopposed to the conversion scoffed at the CU's allegation,suggesting that it was merely a way for the credit union to saveface after, the members suggested, balloting on the measure ran soheavily against it.

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