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June 14, 2002

SUBJECT: Stolen Bank Note Security Paper

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to alert all FDIC-supervised banks to the theft of bank note security paper from the Denver County (Colorado) Vital Statistics Office. The paper was sent to a private disposal company for destruction on January 22, 2002; however, one of the pieces of security paper that was supposed to be destroyed was recently presented at a Social Security Office in the form of a birth certificate. It is not known how much of the paper was actually destroyed or how much may be in circulation. These are not the same documents reported in FIL-41-2002, dated May 2, 2002.

The items stolen include:

  • Birth certificates (state short form 8" x 7") numbered as follows:
    1672918-1673500 1711501-1715500
  • Death certificates (state long form 8 ½" x 11") numbered as follows:
    1535929-1536000 1550001-1550500
    1536719-1537000 1551001-1553500
    1549261-1549500 1555501-1556500
  • A group of pocket-size documents (4" x 2 ¾") numbered as follows:
    28101-30000 33494-34000

    If you have any information about this matter, please contact Denver Police Department Detective John Costigan at or (303) 436-7660. You may also contact FBI Special Agent Mike Barnett at (303) 628-3155.

    Information about these documents also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to

    For your reference, all FDIC Financial Institution Letters published since January of 1995 may be found on the FDIC's Web site at under "News, Events & FOIA." To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit

    Michael J. Zamorski

    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 Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

  • Last Updated 06/14/2001

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