First Merchants Corporation and Ameriana Bancorp Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

MUNCIE, Ind. & NEW CASTLE, Ind.—(BUSINESS WIRE) —First Merchants Corporation
(NASDAQ: FRME) and Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI) today announced they have executed a
definitive agreement whereby Ameriana Bancorp will merge with and into First Merchants Corporation,
and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank,
The merger agreement provides that shareholders of Ameriana Bancorp will have the right to exchange

Muncie First Merchants Community Room Dedication

First Merchants Bank Community Room - June 2015

Pictured left to right:  Megan Jeffers, Mike Stewart, Karen Karmolinski, Mayor Dennis Tyler and Mark Hardwick.


FMC Announces Sale of First Merchants Insurance Group

MUNCIE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) announced the sale of First Merchants Insurance Group (FMIG), a licensed insurance agency affiliate of First Merchants Bank, N.A. to USI Insurance Services, effective June 12, 2015.

2015 Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s Southland Shred Events


First Merchants Bank is providing free community shred days! Protect your identity and clean out your home or office at the same time.

IC3 and FBI warn of Business Email Compromise

According to an online statement from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the FBI, nearly 2,000 individuals have fallen victim to a wire payment scam across 45 countries, which has led to an estimated loss of $215 million.

In response to the wire payment scam, law enforcement agencies are issuing a widespread warning about a large scale operation that is tricking employees at both small and large businesses, called the Business Email Compromise.

OCC Warns of Phishing Attempt

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a phishing warning regarding the following excerpt:

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via email, fax, or postal mail.

First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of its Merger with Community Bancshares, Inc.

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with Community Bancshares, Inc., of Noblesville, Indiana on Friday, November 7, 2014. In connection with the merger, Community Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 107 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $5.9 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $4.6 billion in deposits, and total shareholders’ equity of $700 million.

Shred days planned for Porter, Lake counties

MUNSTER, Ind. - First Merchants Bank is offering free document destruction services at multiple locations in Porter and Lake County banking centers in Indiana in the next few weeks.

Bring up to 4 boxes of documents for free shredding. Our shredding truck will shred your documents on the spot! The event is free and open  to the public!

Upcoming Shred events:

Phone Scam Tactic on the Rise

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that the criminals calling your cell phones and home phones are adding a new feature to their attempts to get your information. They are masking the phone number to show your own number; it looks like your phone is calling you.  They are betting that you’ll be more likely  to answer and respond to a call if it is your own phone number if for no other reason other than curiosity.

FBI Warns of Fraudulent Invoice Scam

MUNCIE, Ind. - The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses that a specific email fraud scam is escalating. This scam normally involves a person receiving an email at their business address that seems to be a legitimate invoice from a vendor requesting payment via a wire transfer to a designated bank account. The FBI reports that the emails are altered to make it difficult to identify the true sender of the email and is usually not caught until after the money has been transferred.