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December 4, 2009: AmTrust Bank, Cleveland, OH was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was named receiver. The FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with New York Community Bank, Westbury, New York, to assume all of the deposits of AmTrust Bank.

Assets & Deposits: As of October 27, 2009, AmTrust Bank had total assets of approximately $12.0 billion and total deposits of approximately $8.0 billion.

Successor Bank: All deposit accounts have been transferred to New York Community Bank, Westbury, NY and are available immediately. On December 5, 2009, the sixty-six former AmTrust Bank locations reopened as branches of New York Community Bank.

New York Community Bank
615 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
(888) 550-9888
http://www.mynycb.com

FDIC Insurance: Transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at New York Community Bank for six months after the failure of AmTrust Bank.

Interest: All interest accrued through Friday, December 4, 2009, will be paid at your same rate; however New York Community Bank will be reviewing rates.

Checks, Loans, Interest and Automated Transactions: Checks will be processed as usual. Automatic direct deposits and withdrawals will be transferred to your new bank. If you had a loan with AmTrust Bank, you should continue to make your payments as usual. 

Cost to FDIC: The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $2.0 billion. New York Community Bank did not pay a premium to assume all of the deposits of AmTrust Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, New York Community Bank agreed to purchase approximately $9.0 billion in assets of AmTrust Bank. The FDIC and New York Community Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $6.0 billion of AmTrust Bank's assets. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition. As part of this transaction, the FDIC will acquire a cash participant instrument.

Note: ► Depositors must establish contact with the successor bank or the FDIC, when there is no successor, to reclaim their deposits. Failure to do so could ultimately result in a loss of insured funds. ► The interest rate paid by your former bank is subject to immediate change. ► Transferred deposits are separately insured for only 6 months after the date of transfer. ► Beneficial owners of fiduciary accounts (including UTMA, IOLTA and brokered CDs) should contact their brokers immediately to ensure proper claims procedures are followed. ► Safe deposit boxes should be promptly claimed.

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AmTrust Bank
1801 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
 

Established on 1/1/1921 
as
Ohio Savings Association
 

Assets: $12 billion
Deposits: $8 billion
 
 
Cost to FDIC: $2 billion

 

 
 

History: You may have an account at a failed institution and not know it, either because you were a depositor at a bank acquired by an institution that subsequently failed, or if you or a deceased family member are the beneficial owner of a brokered fiduciary account.

01/01/1921 - Established as Ohio Savings Association
10/31/1980 - Acquired Ohio Savings Association - Cleveland, Ohio
03/31/1987 - Changed name to Ohio Savings Bank
03/31/1995 - Changed name to Ohio Savings Bank, F.S.B.
04/01/1995 - Acquired Amtrust Bank, F.S.B. in Boca Raton, Florida
04/23/2007 - Changed name to Amtrust Bank


Depositor Alert

Unclaimed FDIC Insured Deposits

There are time limits on claims of FDIC-insured bank accounts, CDs and safe deposit boxes.

Be advised that not every depositor with funds in a failed bank will receive notification from the FDIC, and there are time limits on claims of FDIC-insured bank accounts, CDs and safe deposit boxes.

Beneficial owners of fiduciary accounts, including Uniform Transfers To Minors accounts, escrow accounts, Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA), and deposit accounts obtained through a broker (Brokered Accounts) will not be contacted by the FDIC.

This is because these accounts are on the failed bank's records in the name of the fiduciary, not the individual owner. The FDIC does not have access to ownership information, and therefore will not contact individual depositors. It is the responsibility of the broker or other fiduciary to initiate a claim.

In addition, accounts transferred to successor institutions may have lower interest rates and can lose insurance coverage, after a period of time. If an individual already has accounts at a successor institution, perhaps unknowingly in the case of brokered deposits, the insurance limit may be exceeded and funds could be lost in a subsequent receivership.

Finally, in the worst case scenario, by law accounts which go unclaimed for an extended period may be time barred, and safe deposit boxes can be drilled and the contents sold at auction.

It is important to understand you may have an account at a failed institution and not know it, either because you were a depositor at a bank acquired by an institution that subsequently failed, or if you or a deceased family member are the beneficial owner of a brokered fiduciary account.

For assistance tracing and reclaiming a lost bank account or safe deposit box go to: Missing or Unclaimed Account Search


Depositor Claims: For additional information and assistance on the AmTrust Bank receivership contact the FDIC at: 1-800-450-5143; or go to: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/amtrust.html

Creditor Claims: Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. Shortly after the failure, the FDIC sends notices directly to all known service providers to explain the claim filing process. If you provided a service for AmTrust Bank and have not received a notice, please contact:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: AmTrust Bank
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX  75201
Attention: Claim Agent
1-800-568-9161



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