On July 25 2008, First Heritage Bank N.A., Newport Beach, CA was closed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Subsequently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.
The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a car loan, a business checking account, a commercial loan, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution. The FDIC has compiled the following information which should help answer many of your questions.
The FDIC has issued a press release (PR-63-2008) about
the institution's closure. If you represent a media outlet and would
like information about the closure, please contact David
Barr at 202-898-6992 or Andrew
Gray at 202-898-7192 or 202-494-1049.
All deposit accounts have been transferred to
Mutual of Omaha Bank, Omaha, Nebraska ("assuming institution"). All deposit
accounts will be available as usual.
Your transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts
you may already have at Mutual of Omaha Bank for six months after the failure
of First Heritage Bank, N.A. Checks that were drawn on First Heritage Bank,
N.A. that did not clear before the institution closed will be honored as
long as there are sufficient funds in the account. If you have questions about your account(s) transferred to the assuming bank, you may speak
to an FDIC representative regarding deposit insurance by calling 1-866-674-8944.
For general questions about FDIC deposit insurance coverage, please call 1-877-275-3342 or visit EDIE, the FDIC's Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator.
You may withdraw your funds from any transferred account without an early
withdrawal penalty until you enter into a new deposit agreement with Mutual
of Omaha Bank, as long as the deposits are not pledged as collateral for
loans. You may view more information about
Mutual of Omaha Bank. by visiting their web site.
You may continue to use the services to which you previously had access, such as automatic teller machines (ATMs), safe deposit boxes, night deposit boxes, wire services, etc.
Your checks will be processed as usual. All outstanding checks will be
paid against your available balance(s) as if no change had occurred. Mutual
of Omaha Bank will contact you soon regarding any changes in the terms
of your account. If you have a problem with a merchant refusing to accept
your check, please contact Mutual of Omaha Bank, Customer Service Department,
at the Newport Beach branch at 949-863-9780 or the Los Angeles branch
at 213-628-4500. An account representative will clear up any confusion
about the validity of your checks.
After July 25, 2008, your account will earn interest at a rate determined by
Mutual of Omaha Bank. You will be notified by letter regarding this matter.
Your automatic direct deposit(s) and/or automatic withdrawal(s) should be transferred automatically to your assuming institution. You should contact your assuming institution, however, to discuss your account(s) and to insure that service is not delayed or discontinued.
All your deposit account histories and records will be transferred to
your assuming institution. If your assuming institution requires any additional
signatures or forms, it will notify you. If you have any questions or special
requests, you may contact a representative of Mutual of Omaha Bank
at the Newport Beach branch at 949-863-9780, the
Los Angeles branch at 213-628-4500.
If you had a loan with First Heritage Bank, N.A., you should continue to make your payments as usual. The terms of your loan will not change under the terms of the loan contract because they are contractually agreed to in your promissory note with the failed institution. Checks should be made to your former bank and sent to the same address until further notice.
If you or your company provided a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to
Heritage Community Bank after Friday February 27, 2009 and have not been paid you do not have a claim against
Heritage Community Bank. Please follow your normal billing procedures by providing an invoice as instructed.
Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the
institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. If you or your company provided
a service or product, leased space, furniture, or equipment to Heritage Community Bank
prior to Friday February 27, 2009 and have not been paid you may be
entitled to a claim against the bank. If you provided a product to or a service for
Heritage Community Bank prior to the bank's failure for which you have not been
paid and you have not received communication, contact:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Receiver:
Heritage Community Bank
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Please note: There are time limits for filing a claim,
your claim must be filed on or before 06/02/2009.
The FDIC offers a reference guide to deposit brokers acting as agents for their investor clientele. This site outlines the FDIC's policies and procedures that must be followed by deposit brokers when filing for pass-through insurance coverage on custodial accounts deposited in a failed FDIC Insured Institution.
All deposits passed to Mutual of Omaha Bank.