Security Pacific National Bank and Wachovia Bank of North Carolina could lose up to $2.1 million from a botched electronic payment to a financially shaky firm.

The mix-up took place last year and became the source of a little-noticed lawsuit. It enabled Hamilton Taft & Co., a now bankrupt tax-payment processor in San Francisco, to improperly receive the money from a Wachovia account via the automated clearing house network.

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