The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that
counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Cosmopolitan Bank and Trust, 801 North Clark
Street, Chicago, Illinois, are in circulation. Two separate series of checks are involved.
A copy of one check from each series is attached for your information. Information to date
indicates the checks may be circulating in Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.
One series of counterfeit checks are green in color and bear the bank's legitimate
routing number, 0710-0420-0, and a valid account number, 9-000-03-8. The check number
sequence beginning with "293" is invalid, and the "authorized
signature" is an invalid facsimile signature.
The second series of counterfeit checks are dark pink in color and bear the bank's
legitimate routing number and account number. The check number sequence beginning with
"896" is invalid, and the "authorized signature" is invalid.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
O. Mikki VanWinkle
Senior Vice President
Cosmopolitan Bank and Trust
801 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-3287
Telephone (312) 664-5200
Fax (312) 664-7873
Information concerning these instruments also may be forwarded to the
FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429.
For your reference, all FDIC Financial Institution Letters published since January of 1995
may be found on the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov
under the "Banking News" category.
James L. Sexton
Attachment: (not available electronically)
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institutions 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).