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Financial Institution Letter

Special Alert

SUBJECT: Entities that may be Conducting Banking Operations in the United States Without Authorization

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has advised us that the following entities may be conducting banking business in the United States illegally or without authorization. Proposed transactions involving any of the listed entities should be viewed with extreme caution.

Atlantic Mutual Savings & Trust Company
P. O. Box 370
Churchton, MD

Banc Lugano AG & Trust Company, Limited (Melchizedek)
67 Wall Street
New York, NY

First Sovereign Bank & Trust Company
9646 Pennsylvania Avenue
Upper Marlboro, MD

United Overland Trust & Bancorp
2005 Woodmont
Austin, TX

The OCC also has published the attached updated summary listing of entities identified in previous FDIC financial institution letters (FILs) on this subject. However, this listing does not contain the names of entities furnished by state or foreign governments, which are included in the following FILs. Please be sure to retain these FILs for your records. Please view with extreme caution any proposed transactions involving any of the listed entities.

FIL-17-91, dated April 23, 1991, contains a listing of bank licenses revoked by the Government of Montserrat.

FIL-56-91, dated November 19, 1991, contains a listing of companies purporting to be banks, but that are not licensed as such by the government of Grenada.

FIL-65-94, dated October 7, 1994, contains a list of entities not licensed to conduct banking activities in the state of New York.

FIL-77-96, dated October 3, 1996, contains names of entities that may be operating in Canada in violation of the Bank Act (Canada) and may be conducting unauthorized banking transactions in the United States.

FIL-92-96, dated November 14, 1996, contains a list of entities that are not licensed chartered banks in Belize.

Please forward any information concerning these entities to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-612, Washington, D.C. 20429.

Nicholas J. Ketcha Jr.


Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Note: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th St., N.W., Room 100, Washington, D.C. 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).


Americans National Bank
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

American National Bank
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

American National Bank & Trust
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

American National Bank Trust
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

Americas National Bank Trust
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

ANB Trust
14266 C Tuolumne Road
Sonora, CA

Anglo Nippon Bancorp
98 Park Avenue
Babylon, NY

Austria Merchant Bank (Melchizedek)
316 Ecorse Road, #200
Ypsilanti, MI

Banco De Londes Y Multinacionale, S.A.
115 West California Blvd.,
Suite 266
Pasadena, CA

Banco di Roma International, Inc.
110 Lyndale Avenue
Helena, MT


1005 West Fourth Street
Carson City, NV

Banco Europe, S. A.
2010 Corporate Ridge
McLean, VA

Bank of England (1)
1413 K Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C.

Banc Merchantile, Ltd.
2607 Holman Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Bear International Bank
Santa Ysabel, CA

Brent Equities Trust Bank
410 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale, FL

Business Bank International
Huntington Beach, CA

Capital Resources (2)
P. O. Box 1012
Buckeye, AZ


Box 741
Boonville, IN

Caribbean International Bank Ltd.
(Cayman Islands)
655 Fourth Avenue, Suite 42
San Diego, CA

Chartered Bank of North America Limited
51 Newark Street
Hoboken, NJ

Citicorp Financial Services (3)
9899 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Suite 228
Beverly HIlls, CA

Euro Commerce Bank (4)
1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 937
Miami, FL


1 Northumberland Avenue
Trafalgar Square
London, England

European Union Bank (5)
(Address Undetermined)

Federal National Investment Bank
15336 Roscoe Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA

Fedility Financial Bank (6)
360 Park Avenue
New York, NY

First Americas Trust
211 South Washington Street
Sonora, CA

First Bancorp Trust
P. O. Box 7174
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

(The) First Bank of Internet (7)
P. O. Box 408652
Chicago, IL

First Southern Banking Corporation
c/o Alamin, Inc.
4225 Enoro Drive
Los Angeles, CA

First State Bank of Montana
P. O. Box 278
Fairfield, MT

First Veterans Bank & Trust
1700 Myers Road
Baton Rouge, LA

P. O. Box 439060
San Diego, CA


3500 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX

Georgian Imex International Bank
1314 Burch Drive
Evansville, IN

(The) Hip National Bank
1645 West Hill Drive, Suite 49
Los Angeles, CA

International Credit Union Corporation, Inc.
P. O. Box 3181
Chandler, AZ

International Investment Bancorporation, Inc.
1005 West Fourth Street
Carson City, NV

Investors International Bank, Ltd.
Empire State Building
New York, NY

150 East 58th Street, 33rd Floor
New York, NY

Leaning Rock Indian Bank Corporation
2271 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA

Lifeguard Bancorp, Ltd.
1800 East Sahara Avenue, #104
Las Vegas, NV

Lords Internationale Investment Banking & Trust
1170 Third South, Suite C-203
Naples, FL

Marine Merchant Bank, Ltd.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Marine Merchant International, Ltd.
67 Wall Street
New York, NY

Metro Bank (8)
15515 San Fernando Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA

Miami International Bank
Miami, Oklahoma

Midland Credit & Guarantee Bank, Ltd.
67 Wall Street
New York, NY

Morgan Guaranty Trust (9)
1226 Morgan Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C.

National Banc Republic of Georgia, Ltd.
1082 Lincoln Avenue
Willow Glen
San Jose, CA

Native American Bancorp
2284 Patriot Way
Carona, CA

Nevada First Bancorp
1800 East Sahara, Suite #104
Las Vegas, NV

Nord-West Finanz Bank, A.G.
2 World Trade Center,
Suite 6071
New York, NY

Old Dominion Guaranty and Trust, Ltd.
17100 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA

Pierce Investment Banking, Inc.
2200 Clarendon Boulevard,
Suite 1410
Arlington, VA

Prime Bancorp, Ltd.
82 Wall Street
New York, NY

Pueblo National Bank
12001 Sierra Grande Avenue, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM

10 Rockridge Drive
Theills, NY

Sofi International Bank, N.A.
999 South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL

Sunlight Church World National Bank
2255 West 15th Street, #2


777 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA

Union National Bank Limited
Apia, Western Samoa

United Pacific Bank, Ltd.
Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu
South Pacific

Western State Bank (10)
2300 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne, CA


10880 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


6306 Wilshire Blvd., #107
Los Angeles, CA

(1) Not associated with the Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, England.

(2) Issues money orders and securities drafts signed by Mike Loomis. No collected funds have been reported.

(3) Not associated with Citicorp-Citibank, a large multinational financial institution which is licensed in California.

(4) Has not been granted authority to operate a banking business in Florida or England.

(5) Not authorized, supervised or regulated by any U. S. financial institutions regulator.

(6) The Bank of New York states that it is not associated in any manner with Fedility Financial Bank.

(7) Not associated with First Bank System, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota.

(8) Metrobank (one word), headquartered in Los Angeles, is licensed to transact a banking business in California. Metrobank has no association with the Metro Bank in Mission Hills.

(9) Not associated with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.

(10) Not associated with Western State Bank, Duarte, California.

Last Updated: February 20, 1997