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July 27, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Newton Bank, Newton, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Kent County State Bank, Jayton, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the name Newton Bank, but the routing number assigned to Kent County State Bank, are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111323809, which is assigned to Kent County State Bank, and are dissimilar to Kent County State Bank's authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items display a logo consisting of "NB" followed by the words "Newton Bank" in the top-center portion of the items. Printed directly below the bank name are the words "Newton, Texas." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed vertically on the left-hand side of the counterfeit items.

Authentic checks bear the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" in a box in the top-center portion of the checks. Printed below the box is the statement "The Purchase of an Indemnity Bond will be Required before any official check of this bank will be Replaced of Returned in the event it is Lost, Misplaced or Stolen." The bank's name, address and logo, consisting of a half-moon circle with the word "Jayton" printed across it, are displayed in the bottom-left corner. Authentic checks have printed lines for the remitter, date, payee and amount fields.

Copies of the counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Linda Daniels
Cashier & Senior Vice President
Kent County State Bank
102 Donaho Street
Jayton, Texas, 79528
Telephone: (806) 237-2644
Fax: (806) 237-3068
E-mail: Idaniels@jaytonstatebank.com


Fred Bradley
Executive Vice President/Operations Manager
E-mail: fbradley@westtexasbank.com


Cindra Gass
Assistant Cashier
E-mail: cgass@westtexasbank.com

Kent County State Bank
4515 Quaker Avenue
Lubbock, Texas 79424
Telephone: (806) 771-4141
Fax: (806) 774-2491

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity 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/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (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 07/27/2006 communications@fdic.gov