Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Takes Possession of Sunrise Bank, Valdosta, Georgia

May 10, 2013


Atlanta, Georgia - The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance (“Department”) took possession of Sunrise Bank, Valdosta, Georgia on May 10, 2013. The Superior Court of Lowndes County issued an Order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as Receiver of the Bank effective upon the Department taking possession of Sunrise Bank.

The Department took possession of Sunrise Bank pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia, Section 7-1-150(a) which authorizes the Department in its discretion to take possession of the business and property of any state chartered financial institution whenever such financial institution is either insolvent or operating in an unsafe or unsound condition to transact its business, is operating in violation of any court order, statute, rule or regulation, or requests the Department to take possession of its business and property. 

Through an agreement with the FDIC, all deposits of  Sunrise Bank will be acquired by Synovus Bank, Columbus, Georgia.

All deposit accounts of Sunrise Bank have been transferred to Synovus Bank and will be available immediately.  Depositors will be able to access their accounts at the former main office and branch locations of Sunrise Bank during regular business hours.  Customers of both banks should continue to use their existing branches until Synovus Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of Sunrise Bank. Additionally, the former depositors of Sunrise Bank can continue to access their accounts through automated teller machine transactions, checks and debit transactions. 

All deposits will be transferred to Synovus Bank and, therefore, it is not anticipated that there will be any loss exposure to former Sunrise Bank depositors that have deposits exceeding the FDIC Deposit Insurance amounts. 

The Department’s Commissioner, Robert M. Braswell, reminds depositors that deposits of all Georgia banks are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000. Special rules are in place for accounts held in trust status and joint accounts that may further expand deposit insurance coverage.  Additional information on FDIC Deposit Insurance may be found at

The FDIC has established a website and a toll-free phone number to answer questions from depositors, creditors and other interested parties regarding the receivership of Sunrise Bank. Please refer to the FDIC’s website for further information regarding the details of the purchase and assumption transaction. The website is and the toll-free phone number is 1-800-508-8289. The phone number is operational this evening until 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.