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Alert 2000-12

Unauthorized Banking, Metrobank International, Vanuatu

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 has been received that the subject entity, incorporated in the Republic of Vanuatu, may be operating a banking business in the United States without authorization. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has not granted a National Bank charter to this entity.

Furthermore, we know of no state in the United States that has granted permission for it to operate a banking business.

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

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

Daniel P. Stipano
Director
Enforcement & Compliance Division