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MutualBank Closes on Acquisition of Fort Wayne Mortgage Company

Published Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00 am by MutualBank

 

MUNCIE, INDIANA – (NASDAQ:MFSF) MutualBank is pleased to announce that it has closed on its acquisition of Summit Mortgage, Inc., a mortgage banking company headquartered in Fort Wayne,Indiana. The transaction has received all regulatory approvals and is expected to close in August 2014. Summit Mortgage has been serving Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities for nearly twenty years. They excel in conventional, construction, FHA and Veteran lending as well as no PMI programming and USDA Rural Development lending. They have a strong reputation as being honest and knowledgeable.Summit Mortgage is a part of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association, the Better Business Bureau, Fort Wayne Area Association of Realtors and Home Builders Association.

“The team at Summit Mortgage, led by Shawn McArdle and Vicki Reed, has built an incredible business over the last twenty years,” says Pat Botts, President and COO of MutualBank. “By welcoming Summit’s staff to the MutualBank team, we hope to expand the offerings to Summit’s customers. Being backed by a financial institution gives Summit’s customers alternatives and possibilities beyond the current solutions.” McArdle and Reed will continue to manage Summit Mortgage as President and Vice President, respectively.

“We look forward to the positive results of our partnership with MutualBank,” President and Loan Originator at Summit Mortgage, Shawn McArdle says. “We appreciate the investment MutualBank is making in Summit Mortgage. We look forward to a more comprehensive array of products and services as we continue to provide excellent care for our customers in Northeastern Indiana and Southern Michigan.”

Beasley & Gilkison, LLP provided legal representation to MutualBank in the transaction and Summit Mortgage, Inc. was represented by Barrett & McNagny, LLP.

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. is the parent company of MutualBank, an Indiana-based financial institution. The company has thirty full-service retail financial centers in Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash Counties in Indiana. MutualBank also has two offices located in Carmel and Crawfordsville, Indiana specializing in wealth management and trust services and a loan origination office in New Buffalo, Michigan. MutualBank is a leading mortgage lender in each of the market areas it serves, and provides a full range of financial services including business banking, wealth management, trust services, investments and internet banking services. The Company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “MFSF” and can be found online at www.bankwithmutual.com.

Contact: Pat Botts, President and COO
Phone Number: 765-747-2900

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Proactive Steps to Take in Light of Anthem Data Breach

Chances are you are a person who has Anthem insurance coverage or you know someone who does. As a result, either you or your friend has a reason to be concerned.

A typical data breach includes a compromise of debit card numbers or partial personal identifying information. This kind of breach, though inconvenient, can typically be ‘fixed’. An initial investigation indicates that the Anthem breach includes a compromise of name, birthday and/or social security number. This kind of information is all one needs to steal someone’s identity.

According to Anthem this particular breach could affect up to 80 million people. Instead of trying to ignore this has happened or just being upset, it’s now time for you to be educated and try to protect yourself as best as you can. We have some tips that will help you accomplish that.


1. Review Your Statements


First, take a moment each month to view your eStatement or monthly statement. You can monitor your accounts throughout the month with Online Banking and the MutualBank App. Monitoring your accounts will give you the quickest opportunity to see if your accounts have been compromised. If you notice any transactions that are unfamiliar or questionable, please get in touch with your MutualBanker. Call us at 800-382-8031.


2. Be Cautious with Any Anthem Emails You Receive


Next, if you receive an email stating it is from Anthem, be cautious. Anthem’s website warns customers not to reply with information, click any links or open any attachments within the email. Anthem is not calling their customers and will not ask for information. Never give your credit card information, social security number, or other sensitive information to someone via email or over the phone.


3. Consider Freezing Your Credit


If you are a resident in Indiana, the Attorney General’s office website (http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2853.htm) is offering and encouraging you to sign up for a free credit freeze with each of the three credit bureaus. A credit freeze places a hold on your credit where a new line of credit could not be obtained without you unfreezing your credit. This doesn’t affect already open credit lines like an existing credit card, yet helps to protect you against someone opening new lines of credit in your name.


4. Keep in the Know


Finally, try to keep in the loop on the Anthem Breach. The best source for current information about this breach can be found at Anthem’s Frequently Asked Questions. (http://www.anthemfacts.com/faq)

MutualBank is here to help inform you of ways to help protect against identity theft. Thank you for trusting us.

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