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May 31, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Cashier's Checks
Summary: Cashier's checks drawn on East West Bank, San Marino, California, have been reported missing, lost or stolen in transit.

East West Bank, San Marino, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that cashier's checks bearing the institution's name were missing, lost or stolen in transit from the printing company to a branch office. The instruments have serial numbers ranging from 257001601 through 257001800 (inclusive) for a total of 200 checks. A copy of a cashier's check (VOID) is attached for your information.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Krishan Sisrimane
Vice President Bank Operations and Risk Management
638 South Atlantic Boulevard
2nd Floor Risk Management
Monterey Park, California 91754
Telephone: (626) 300-6340
Fax: (626) 281-0367
Frank Espinoza
Assistant Vice President and Assistant Risk Manager
638 South Atlantic Boulevard
2nd Floor Risk Management
Telephone: (626) 300-6341
Fax: (626) 281-0367

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200; fax: (703) 562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Last Updated 05/31/2005 communications@fdic.gov