Alert 1998-43| December 11, 1998

Suspicious Transactions: Counterfeit Official Checks

To

Chief Executive Officers of all National Banks; all State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (Districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel and Examining Personnel

Information recently has been received that counterfeit official checks drawn on Sterling National Bank and Trust, New York, New York, are in circulation. A copy of a counterfeit instrument is attached.

The bank has requested that Joseph McGee, Vice President & Security Officer, telephone (212) 575-5230, fax (212) 575-3485 be contacted about this matter. 

Any information which you may have concerning this matter should also be brought to the attention of:

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219

Daniel P. Stipano
Director
Enforcement & Compliance Division