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State of Qatar v. First American Bank

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
885 F. Supp. 849 (1995)


Facts

The State of Qatar (Qatar) (plaintiff) was defrauded by an employee who had checks drawn on Qatar’s account for false or duplicate invoices that the employee had created. The checks were made payable to various individuals, but the employee deposited the checks into the employee’s personal accounts with First American Bank of Virginia and Central Fidelity Banks, Inc. (the Banks) (defendants). The checks contained forged indorsements and a stamped designation of “for deposit only.” This scheme took place from 1986–1992. When Qatar discovered the forgeries, Qatar sued the Banks for conversion.

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