Power Breakfast: Georgia bank failures, emergency landing, ID theft, ports, floods

Three more small Georgia banks have been seized by regulators, pushing the state’s nation-leading total to 44 failures over the past two years, AJC staffer Scott Trubey reports.

One of the three banks was led by a chief executive who was also the one-time chairman and interim CEO of a bank that failed last year, Trubey writes. Another had U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, as a founding investor and board member until earlier this year.

All three banks — two in metro Atlanta and one based in extreme North Georgia— succumbed to soured real estate loans in the worst recession in generations, Trubey reports.

Peoples Bank of Winder, Bank of Ellijay and First Commerce Community Bank of Douglasville were seized Friday and sold by the government as a package to Carrollton-based Community & Southern Bank.

Service at the banks will not be affected by the takeover, according to the FDIC, and customers will continue to have access to their accounts. The FDIC insures deposits up to $250,000.

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