BREAKING NEWS: Holy Smokes FDIC Seizes Failed Bank in AZ on a WEDNESDAY!!!!


by John Galt
May 15, 2013 19:00 EDT


Uh, this sounds a lot like 2008 or 2009. The Central Arizona Bank in Scottsdale, AZ did not even open THIS MORNING!!!! The bank was seized last night with little warning and instead of seizing the parent company in total (Capitol Bank Holdings, Lansing, MI) this one unit was suddenly seized Tuesday night and shut down. Something does not smell right as it has always been EXTREMELY RARE for a bank to be shut down on a weekday evening other than Fridays.

From the FDIC website:

Western State Bank, Devils Lake, North Dakota, Assumes All of the Deposits of Central Arizona Bank, Scottsdale, Arizona

May 14, 2013

Central Arizona Bank, Scottsdale, Arizona, was closed today by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Western State Bank, Devils Lake, North Dakota, to assume all of the deposits of Central Arizona Bank.

The sole former branch of Central Arizona Bank will reopen tomorrow as a branch of Western State Bank during its normal business hours. Depositors of Central Arizona Bank will automatically become depositors of Western State Bank.  Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits.  Customers of Central Arizona Bank should continue to use their current branch until they receive notice from Western State Bank that systems conversions have been completed to allow full-service banking at all branches of Western State Bank.


This evening depositors of Central Arizona Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.  Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.


As of March 31, 2013, Central Arizona Bank had approximately $31.6 million in total assets and $30.8 million in total deposits.  In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Western State Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the failed bank’s assets.


Customers with questions about today’s transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-423-6395. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Mountain Time (MT), and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., MT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC’s Web site at


The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $8.6 million.  Compared to other alternatives, Western State Bank’s acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC’s DIF.  Central Arizona Bank is the 13th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the second in Arizona.  The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Gold Canyon Bank, Gold Canyon, on April 5, 2013.

Something seriously does not smell right here. What records did this bank hold relating to Fast and Furious or one of the other scandals that needed to be sealed?


19:26 ET….

One more thing:

If the Feds needed to use a bank for laundering funds for Fast and Furious in AZ, this is a good location and small enough to not attract suspicion.

Just sayin’…



1 Comment on "BREAKING NEWS: Holy Smokes FDIC Seizes Failed Bank in AZ on a WEDNESDAY!!!!"

  1. MarkinAZ | 15/05/2013 at 22:38 |

    25 or 30 years ago Scottsdale AZ was ripe for bank openings. Incorporation was easy and the capital required was surprisingly low. Some claim it still is. I do not know personally. But I do know of one car dealer (a big Lincoln Mercury Dealer in AZ) who was one of the major / lead investors and they practically had a “private bank” when he was done with it. That bank would finance a Lincoln or Mercury for anyone who could sign their name – so the story went… at 18 % interest if you were not a “known” customer. The State Banking Commission was not “too competent” back then and bribes were considered a normal part of doing business here. I put 40k of inherited money into a small bank that opened – and thankfully it was bought out and I got my money back before the whole thing was caught in the original S&L scandal back in the 80’s.

    Even today there are “smallish” banks in AZ that (so the story goes) will, for a known customer, “forget” to fill out the paperwork if you deposit more than $10k in cash (or is it $5k now?) that fed regulations require. Checks don’t seem to catch their interest until they’re over $250k, but more than 10k in cash is supposed to be reported to the IRS. The limits may be lower now. It’s been a while since I had to worry about such amounts being in my own accounts!

    One “small bank” in AZ issued one of their own officers a VISA card with a HUGE credit line on it – like $250k – and the guy maxed it out and filed for bankruptcy. The Visa Signature people brought suit for FRAUD and the Federal BK court would not allow him to discharge the debt in bankruptcy. Poor bastard lost his job, his credit and was stuck paying back a quarter of a million or more with no way to dump it legally.

    From the way this bank seizure took place mid-week, it’s my guess that this place has been someone’s private laundromat – turning dirty money into sparkling clean money for a 10 or 20 percent “processing fee”. or something close. AZ still thinks it’s the old and still wild wild west in a lot of ways. It’s interesting to live here and sit back and watch these idiots do themselves in year in and year out. Cheaper than Cable TV and far more entertaining if you follow it!

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