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Bank pays $1 million to settle fraud complaint

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina bank accused of promoting an illegal scheme to take money from consumers' bank accounts is paying $1 million to settle the complaint.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said Tuesday that Four Oaks Bank and Trust signed a consent order resolving a civil lawsuit with his office.

The complaint said that between 2009 and 2013, Four Oaks used a third-party payment processor in Texas to help process transactions with fraudulent merchants.

All told, Four Oaks permitted the processor to originate nearly 10 million debit transactions, for a total of more than $2.4 billion against consumers' bank accounts.

The complaint says the bank ignored the risks associated with providing payment system access to a third-party processor that serviced fraudulent merchants, including large numbers of Internet payday lenders.

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