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December 15, 2009

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Missouri Department of Revenue Checks
Summary: Counterfeit Missouri Department of Revenue checks bearing the name Central Bank, Jefferson City, Missouri, are reportedly in circulation.

Central Bancompany, Jefferson City, Missouri, a multi-bank holding company, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit Missouri Department of Revenue checks bearing the name Central Bank are in circulation. The Central Trust Bank (doing business as Central Bank), Jefferson City, Missouri, is a subsidiary of Central Bancompany.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 086500634, which is assigned to Central Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic state treasurer checks. They display the words "Missouri Department of Revenue" and a P.O. Box address in the top-left corner. The bank's name, address and telephone number are in the top-right area.

Authentic state treasurer checks have a two-tone background that fades from blue to green to blue. A security feature statement is shown vertically along the right border. The words "TREASURER OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI" or "MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE" are in the top center. The state seal is to the right of center below the date line. The bank's logo, name and location are centered at the bottom of the checks along with a security feature statement.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Any questions regarding the validity of a Department of Revenue check may be directed to the Department of Revenue's Financial and General Services Bureau at (573) 751-7429. Any other information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Anna M. Rentschler
Vice President and Bank Secrecy Act Officer
Central Bancompany
2100 Stewart Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Telephone: (573) 634-1259
Fax: (573) 681-6317
E-mail: Anna_Rentschler@centralbank.net

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-3054, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2009/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Last Updated 12/15/2009 communications@fdic.gov