On October 24, 2008, Alpha Bank & Trust, Alpharetta, GA
was closed by the Georgia
Department of Banking and Finance and
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the
public when a financial institution is closed.
The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution. Besides a checking
account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a car loan, a business checking account, a commercial loan, a Social Security direct
deposit, and other relationships with the institution. The FDIC has compiled the following information which should
answer many of your questions.
The FDIC has issued a press release
the institution's closure. If you represent a media outlet and would
like information about the closure, please contact
David Barr at 202-898-6992 or Andrew
Gray at 202-494-1049.
This link will allow you to verify the insurance status of each of your accounts. This link will be available
for use no later than the first business day after bank failure.
Simply enter your account number in the search screen. If you receive the message that "your account
is fully insured" a link will appear that provides you with additional information. If you receive the message that you should contact the FDIC, then a link will appear that provides
you contact information.
All insured non-brokered deposit accounts have been transferred to
Stearns Bank, N.A., St. Cloud, MN ("assuming
and will be available immediately. On Monday, the former Alpha Bank
& Trust locations will reopen as branches of Stearns
Principal and interest on insured accounts, through October 24,
2008, are fully insured by the FDIC, up to the insurance limit of $250,000. You
will receive full payment for your insured account. Certain entitlements
and different types of accounts can be insured for more than the $250,000
limit. IRA funds are insured separately from other types of accounts,
up to a $250,000 limit.
All interest bearing accounts that exceed the $250,000 insurance limit,
and/or all interest bearing accounts that appear to be related and exceed
this limit, are reviewed
to determine their ownership and insurance coverage. If you think
you might have uninsured deposits you should call the FDIC Call Center to
arrange for a telephone interview with a Claims Agent at 1-800-591-2912.
The Claim Agent may direct you to download and submit a particular
form that will assist in expediting the processing of your claim.
FDIC Call Center
Hours of Operation
All Hours are Eastern Time
Friday, October 24, 2008:
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:00
If it is determined that you have uninsured funds, the FDIC will generate
and mail to you a Receiver Certificate. This certificate entitles
you to share proportionately in any funds recovered through the disposal
of the assets of Alpha Bank & Trust. This
means that you will eventually recover some of your uninsured funds.
Checks that were drawn on Alpha Bank & Trust will be
honored up to your available balance or the insured amount. You may
withdraw funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty
until you enter into a new deposit agreement with your new bank. A
hold may be in place on deposit accounts due to delinquent loans where the
depositor is the borrower or guarantor. Additionally, any account pledged
as collateral for a loan will be held. You may view more
Stearns Bank, N.A. by
visiting their web site.
The Automated Teller Machines (ATM) will remain available.
As of October 27, 2008, you may continue to use the services
to which you previously had access, such as,
online service, safe deposit boxes, night deposit boxes, wire services, etc.
Your checks will be processed as usual. All outstanding checks
will be paid against your available insured balance(s) as if no change
had occurred. Your new bank will
contact you soon regarding any changes in the terms of your account. If
you have a problem with a merchant refusing to accept your check, please
contact your branch
office. An account representative will
clear up any confusion about the validity of your checks.
All interest accrued through Friday, October 24, 2008, will be
paid at your same rate. Stearns Bank, N.A. will be
reviewing rates and will provide further information soon. You
will be notified of any changes.
Your automatic direct deposit(s) and/or automatic withdrawal(s) will be
transferred automatically to your new bank. If
you have any questions or special requests, you may contact a representative
of your assuming institution at your
If you had a loan with Alpha Bank & Trust, you should
continue to make your payments as usual. The terms of your loan
will not change under the terms of the loan contract because they are contractually
agreed to your promissory note with the failed institution. Checks
should be made payable as usual and sent to the same address until further
notice. If you have further questions regarding an existing loan, you may
For all questions regarding new loans and the lending policies of Stearns
Bank, N.A., please contact your branch office.
Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. Shortly after the failure, the FDIC sends notices directly to all known service providers to explain the claim filing process.
Please note: there are time limits for filing a claim, as specified in the notice.
If you provided a service for Alpha Bank & Trust,
and have not received a notice, please contact:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: Alpha Bank & Trust
Attention: Claims Department, DRR
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
The FDIC offers a reference guide to deposit brokers acting as agents for their investor clientele. This site
outlines the FDIC's policies and procedures that must be followed by deposit brokers when filing for pass-through insurance
coverage on custodial accounts deposited in a failed FDIC Insured Institution.