April 30, 2010: Westernbank Puerto
Rico, Mayaguez, PR was closed by the Commissioner of the Puerto Rico
Bureau of Financial Institutions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was
Assets & Deposits: Westernbank Puerto Rico had approximately $11.94 billion in total assets and $8.62 billion in total deposits.
Successor Bank: All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, PR. The 46 branches of Westernbank Puerto Rico reopened as branches of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. Depositors of Westernbank Puerto Rico automatically became depositors of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.
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FDIC Insurance: Transferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at Banco Popular de Puerto Rico for six months after the failure of Westernbank Puerto Rico.
Interest: All interest accrued through Friday, April 30, 2010 will be paid at your same rate. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico 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 Westernbank Puerto Rico 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 $3.31 billion.
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.
|2010 FDIC Insured Failed Banks|
19 W Mckinley St
Mayaguez, PR 00680
|Assets: $12 billion|
|Deposits: $8.7 billion|
|Cost to FDIC: $3.3 billion|
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
Established as Western Federal
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: Unclaimed Funds Search
Depositor Claims: For additional information and assistance on the Westernbank Puerto Rico receivership contact the FDIC at: 1-800-591-2909; or go to: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/westernbank-puertorico.html or http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/westernbank-puertorico_spanish.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 Westernbank Puerto Rico and have not received a notice, please contact:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
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