Region 8 Bank Closes Checking Account of Senior Citizen

February 21, 2006 -- Posted at 4:32 p.m. CST


OSCEOLA, AR -- A Region 8 man is angry and confused after his bank sent him a letter saying they were closing his account.


While Regions Bank won't tell him why they are closing the account, Wilburn Foreman says he thinks he has a pretty good idea.


He says he thinks it has to do with the fact that he has spent a portion of his life as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.


“I received this letter on the 11th, giving me ten days to close my account,” said Wilburn Foreman.


The letter Mr. Foreman received doesn't say why the account is being closed.


“I think they did this on account of what I had on my checks.  I’ve been using that logo since back in the 1970’s,” said Foreman.


Foreman says the logo he’s speaking of is that of the Ku Klux Klan.


Foreman says that back in the 60’s and 70’s, he was a Grand Dragon; a leader of the KKK.


“Back when I put it on there, I put it on there for advertisement for the organization,” said Foreman.


Foreman has used the Klan logo on his checks since 1973. 


The local branch of Regions Bank in Osceola refused to comment, however the national branch did release the following statement:


"The protection and safeguarding of customer information is a priority at regions. In accordance with our privacy policies, we do not identify our customers or discuss their information in public," Regions Bank Spokesperson.


“They do something like this to a 68-year-old senior citizen.  I don’t think its right and I’ve been done wrong,” said Foreman.


The letter Foreman received says that Regions Bank is exercising their right to refuse him service.


Foreman’s account at Regions Bank is now closed.  He has opened an account at another bank in Osceola.