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U.S. Judge Dismisses Stone Bank Fraud Case

U.S. Judge Dismisses Stone Bank Fraud Case

A fraud conspiracy complaint filed in federal court by the former chairman and one-time largest shareholder of Stone Bank has been dismissed.
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Today's Bank Expands Footprint with Van Buren Branch

The $181 million-asset lender is setting up shop in a former bank branch at 615 E. Pointer Trail previously used by Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative.
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Lawsuit a Low Note for Arvest Notary

An Oklahoma man who said his name was forged on a loan document is going after the notary who allegedly signed off on the paperwork.
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