Bulletin: SA2008035

Date:
December 05, 2008
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
AmTrust Bank - OTS Order to Cease and Desist

Dear Associates:

Effective November 19, 2008, the Office of Thrift Supervision ("OTS") entered an Order to Cease and Desist against AmTrust Bank (Order No. CN 08-15) and a like Order against its holding company, AmTrust Financial (Order No. CN 08-16). Pursuant to the Order, AmTrust may not make any new loans or issue new lines of credit for land acquisition or development, or for speculative residential construction. The Order includes other conditions for extensions, refinancings, assumptions or modifications of existing loans.

All policy issuing agents are reminded not to close any transactions involving AmTrust, or any other lender, unless you are in receipt of immediately available funds.

Enforcement orders issued by the OTS against various financial institutions can be viewed on the OTS website by clicking the menu under Supervision and Legal on its home page and then clicking on Enforcement. The FDIC's enforcement orders can also be viewed on its website by clicking on Press on its home page and then clicking on FDIC Enforcement Decisions and Orders. The OTS and/or the FDIC have taken enforcement actions against many lesser known and smaller financial institutions. These sites should be checked as to lenders you are dealing with.

 



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References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
SLS00368 Mortgage Lenders That Are The Subject Of Closing Alerts Or That May Be Troubled
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None