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FinCEN Issues Latest Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

On September 15th, FinCEN issued its latest “Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CTF Deficiencies.” The FATF, or the Financial Action Task Force, is a 37-member intergovernmental body, including the United...more

FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Rule: A Practical Guide to Being Prepared for Implementation

In May 2016, Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued its final rule on Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Requirements for Financial Institutions. ...more

Indictment of Alleged High-Profile Financier of Terror Focuses on Transactions with U.S. Businesses

On March 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging Kassim Tajideen, an alleged prominent financial supporter of the Hizballah terror organization, with evading U.S. sanctions and conspiring to...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Fact Sheet Clarifies AML/BSA Enforcement Priorities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators have issued the "Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent Banking" in an effort to clarify enforcement priorities regarding Anti-Money Laundering...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

FinCEN has announced a major expansion and extension of its geographic targeting orders (GTOs) aimed at high-end cash buyers of real estate. This action reflects FinCEN’s continued efforts to prevent money laundering through...more

NY DFS Finalizes Rigorous AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting forth rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and...more

NYDFS Finalizes AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank...more

FinCEN Director Discusses Initiatives to Address Money Laundering Through Real Estate

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) continuing efforts to address the "real estate industry's vulnerability to money laundering” were outlined by FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery in an April 12, 2016,...more

FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership Identification Rules

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department's ongoing efforts to prevent bad actors from using U.S. companies to conceal money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities, the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

FinCEN Imposes $650,000 Civil Penalty on Small ''Card Club'' Gaming Establishment

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced its first enforcement action against a small “card club” gaming establishment imposing a civil penalty of $650,000. The enforcement action, announced December 17,...more

NYDFS AML Proposal Would Require Certification of Compliance

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed new regulations setting forth minimum standards for anti-money laundering (AML) transaction monitoring and filtering systems. The regulations, proposed December...more

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Get Off-Label Marketing Victory

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot prohibit a pharmaceutical company from marketing its drugs for off-label uses if its claims are truthful and not misleading. This ruling,...more

DOJ Cracks Down on Cyber Criminals

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the largest coordinated international law enforcement effort ever directed at an online cyber-criminal forum. Financial institutions and other companies should consider...more

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

FinCEN Proposes More Extensive Customer Due Diligence Obligations

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to combat all forms of illicit financial activity, from terrorist financing and sanctions evasion to more traditional financial crimes (including money laundering,...more

Standard Chartered To Pay $300M To Settle AML Charges in New York

For the second time in two years, Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), has settled another matter with Standard Chartered Bank for alleged “anti-money laundering...more

New York Grand Jury Indicts 12 Online Payday Lenders and 3 Individuals

In a shot across the bow of online payday lenders who allegedly disregard state law where their borrowers reside, a New York County grand jury recently voted a criminal usury and conspiracy indictment against 12 companies...more

OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Physicians

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding laboratory payments to referring physicians. The Special Fraud Alert reaffirms OIG’s...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

6/23/2014  /  Credit Reports , CROA , FTC , Settlement

FinCEN Rules on Status of Virtual Currency Miners and Investors as Money Service Businesses

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued two rulings regarding the status of virtual currency miners and investors as money service businesses (MSB) under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The rulings address...more

FinCEN Provides Modest Reporting Relief for Banks Using Armored Car Services

FinCEN has issued a new ruling that will provide some relief from certain transaction reporting requirements for banks and other financial institutions using armored car services (ACS)....more

7/31/2013  /  ACS , Banks , FinCEN

FinCEN Issues Virtual Currency Guidance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued formal guidance to clarify the anti-money laundering obligations of administrators and exchangers of convertible virtual currency. “Virtual” currency, unlike...more

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