Alert 2004-21| September 5, 2004

Unauthorized Banking: Development & Holding Bank of Belize–Fictitious Internet Bank

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

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been advised by the Central Bank of Belize (CBB) that the Development & Holding Bank of Belize has not been granted a banking license by the CBB, and the entity is not authorized to conduct the business of banking in or from Belize. The CBB also advises that the company is not located at the listed address or any other known location in Belize.

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

Mail: Central Bank of Belize
PO Box 852
Belize City, Belize
Telephone: 501-223-6194
Fax: 501-223-6226
Email: cbbfssd@btl.net

If you have any questions about this alert or wish to provide information to the OCC, contacts are:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Enforcement & Compliance Division,
MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
Internet: http://www.occ.treas.gov
Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

Brian C. McCormally
Director
Enforcement & Compliance Division