Alert 1998-16| April 22, 1998

Unauthorized Banking: Meridian Merchants Bank, Inc. (Nauru)


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 is being received that the subject entity may be operating a banking business in the United States without authorization. Further, the state of Washington Division of Banking has advised that the subject entity has not been granted permission to operate in the state of Washington.

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

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division
250 E Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 202l9
Fax (202) 874-5301

Daniel P. Stipano
Enforcement & Compliance Division