of the Comptroller of the Currency has advised us that forged bank
instruments purportedly issued by Banco del Estado are in circulation.
These instruments include bills of exchange, certificates of deposit,
"pre-advice" of standby letters of credit, and confirmations of
blocked funds. The instruments' total disclosed amount is $967 million
Banco del Estado
is headquartered at Carrera 10a, No. 18-15, Santa Fe de Bogota D.E.,
Colombia, South America.
If you have
any information about this matter, please contact Banco del Estado
and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Special Activities
Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-612, Washington, D.C. 20429.
J. Ketcha Jr.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)