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February 6, 2009: County Bank, Merced, CA was closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver.

As of February 2, 2009, County Bank had assets of approximately $1.7 billion and deposits of $1.3 billion.

The FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Westamerica Bank, San Rafael, California, to assume all of the deposits of County Bank.

All deposit accounts have been transferred to Westamerica Bank, San Rafael, CA are available immediately. On Saturday, February 7, the 39 former County Bank branches reopened as branches of Westamerica Bank.

Your transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at Westamerica Bank for six months after the failure of County Bank.

All interest accrued through Friday, February 6, 2009, will be paid at your same rate, however WestAmerica Bank will be reviewing rates

Westamerica Bank
1108 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $135 million.

For additional information and assistance contact the FDIC at: 800-591-2820 or go to:

2009 FDIC Insured Failed Banks
County Bank
550 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

Established on 12/22/1977 as
County Bank Of Merced

Assets: $1.7 billion
Deposits: $1.3 billion
Cost to FDIC: $135 million



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  County Bank and have not received a notice, please contact:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: County Bank
Attention: Claims Department, DRR
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas  75201
Call toll free 1-800-568-9161

Consumer Alert

Unclaimed FDIC Insured Deposits

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

If an insured depositor fails to make a claim an insured or transferred deposit within 18 months after the FDIC initiates the payment of insured deposits, the transferee institution must refund the deposit to the FDIC, and all rights of the depositor against the transferee institution are barred.

The FDIC then remits the insured deposit to the custody of the unclaimed property administrator in the account owner's home state, unless that state declines to accept custody. Upon delivery, the FDIC is deemed to have made payment to the depositor, and all rights of the depositor against the FDIC are barred.

Most states allow claims in perpetuity, but there's a reversion clause. If a depositor does not claim the deposit delivered to the custody of the State within 10 years of the date of delivery, the deposit must then immediately be refunded to FDIC, and all rights of the depositor against the state are barred.

It's important to note that If a state declines to accept custody of the deposit - which they sometimes do - the depositor must claim the funds from the FDIC before the receivership is terminated, or all rights of the depositor with respect to the deposit are barred. Dividends for credits arising from uninsured portions of a deposit may, however, be claimed after the receivership is terminated if a dividend check was returned by the post office for a bad address.

Be aware that due to the number of mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry over the years, it is possible you or a deceased family member might well have an account at a failed bank and not know it. Additionally, unclaimed safe deposit boxes at closed branches may be drilled and the contents sold at auction just weeks after closing, so prompt action is advised.  For assistance go to: Unclaimed Account Search

History: Established on 5/15/1980 as Alliance Bank Of Culver City
11/18/1992 - Name changed to County Bank
11/13/1999 - Acquired Town And Country Finance And Thrift Company, Turlock, CA