SAN ANTONIO - Noting that fraud felled three national banks last year, Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke Jr. said Tuesday that examiners are on the lookout for institutions with weak internal controls.

"We have become increasingly concerned about the quality of audit and internal control functions at many other banks, large and small," he said. "We have noted with dismay cutbacks in the size, status, independence, and proficiency of many banks' internal audit departments."

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