Magazine article American Banker

Arkansas Bank Sues Clintons' Pal Hubbell for Overdue $43,600

Magazine article American Banker

Arkansas Bank Sues Clintons' Pal Hubbell for Overdue $43,600

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By Pavlenko-Lutton, Laura

The list of legal problems haunting presidential friend Webster Hubbell got longer last week.

Bank of Little Rock, a $66 million-asset institution in North Little Rock, Ark., has sued Mr. Hubbell and his wife, Suzanna, for falling behind on their second mortgage payments. By mid-December, the Hubbells allegedly owed $43,604-and the total grows by $11.95 each day they fail to pay, the suit said.

Frederick S. Wetzel 3d, attorney for the bank, said he filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock to try to force the couple to repay. Suits such as the one against the Hubbells are common in loan delinquency cases, he said. Mr. Wetzel also said Bank of Little Rock's loan to the Hubbells was made long before the couple moved to Washington to work for the Clinton administration.

Mr. Hubbell, who was a senior Justice Department official, has been indicted three times in connection with the Whitewater investigation, but one indictment was dismissed by a federal judge. Most recently, he was accused of covering up his and former law partner Hillary Rodham Clinton's roles in an allegedly illegal Arkansas land deal.

If the organizers of a Buffalo start-up get their way, an historic building that once housed a well-known car dealership will soon be used to make loans and open checking accounts.

Braun Cadillac-Buick vacated the building on Main Street in Buffalo last month after 70 years and moved to a new site. Now the organizers of Greater Buffalo Savings Bank say they are prepared to spend $1 million to convert the Art Deco building into a bank branch.

The site could be a big plus for the new thrift. New York State offers incentives to institutions that develop offices in areas deemed underserved by banks. The thrift's founders, along with community leaders, are trying to have the area of its planned headquarters so designated.

Buffalo Savings has promised to convert any space in the building that it does not need into an incubator for new businesses. …

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