Rehoboth Beach, DE — County Bank is ending its eight-year involvement in the industry of payday advances. Harold L. Slatcher, president of the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based bank, said Tuesday that the bank will end all partnerships with payday lenders by the end of next month.
"This is 100 percent our decision," said Slatcher, who helped found the bank in 1990. "At no time did the FDIC ask us to get out of this business, nor did we cave in to pressure from the activists."
County Bank was among the most significant players in the payday lending field. At its height, the company had partnerships with 20 no faxing payday loan companies, according to a North Carolina consumer activist group.