Bank Secrecy Act

The Bank Secrecy Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1970 to detect and prevent money laundering within financial institutions. The BSA requires financial institutions to keep records and provide... more +
The Bank Secrecy Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1970 to detect and prevent money laundering within financial institutions. The BSA requires financial institutions to keep records and provide documentation to authorities for single transactions of more than $10,000 and report other suspicious account activity that could signify money laundering or other financial crimes. less -
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6 Guidelines for Fostering a Culture of AML Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is hoping to help financial institutions increase compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Noting that violations often stem...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert and FAQs on Customer Sales of Unregistered Securities

On October 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding customers’ sales of unregistered securities. The National Examination Program staff (Staff) of the...more

Assessing the Increased Regulatory Focus on Public Company Internal Control and Reporting

Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) has publicly stated its increasing focus on public company internal controls and related reporting obligations. In February of this year at the...more

FinCrimes Update - September 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 7

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN OFFERS RED FLAGS GUIDANCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND...more

FinCEN’s Culture of Compliance Advisory: A Strong Message

Cynics can easily dismiss FinCEN’s August 11, 2014 Advisory on Promoting a Culture of Compliance (Here). In fact, FinCEN’s Advisory contains several important messages, which need to be emphasized....more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order Focused on Money Laundering in L.A.’s Fashion District

In the latest development in a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) targeting alleged money laundering activities in Los Angeles’ garment trade, the Financial Crimes...more

Five Basic Steps for Dealing with Cybersecurity Threats

Recent legal headlines have been filled with news about data breaches and lapses of information security across all sectors of the economy. Hospitals, colleges, and even major international retailers such as Target and Home...more

FinCEN Rules Regulations on Money Services Businesses Do Not Apply to ISOs and Exempt Payment Processors

On August 27, FinCEN issued FIN-2014-R009, an administrative ruling clarifying that Independent Sales Organizations (“ISOs”) and exempt payment processors are not money transmitters subject to Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)...more

“Culture of Compliance” Urged by FinCEN

Following months of rumors that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is preparing to impose personal liability on officers, directors and employees for shortcomings in their financial institutions’ Bank Secrecy...more

FinCrimes Update - August 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 6

In This Issue: - BSA/AML & OFAC - Virtual Currency & Payment Systems - FCPA & Anti-Corruption - Criminal Enforcement - Excerpt from BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN PUBLISHES LONG-AWAITED...more

Infobytes Special Alert: FinCEN Publishes Long - Awaited Proposed Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On August 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") that would amend existing Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations...more

FinCEN's Busy August Yields Noteworthy Anti-Money Laundering Developments

August was a busy month for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Among other initiatives, FinCEN issued its long-awaited proposed regulations on customer due diligence (CDD)...more

FinCEN Permanently Bars Casino Official Over BSA Violations

On August 20, FinCEN announced an action against a casino employee who admitted to violating the Bank Secrecy Act by willfully causing the casino to fail to file certain reports. ...more

FINRA Charges Firm With AML And Systematic Market Access Violations

On August 18, FINRA announced a complaint against a financial services and investment firm, alleging that the firm was responsible for systematic supervisory and AML violations in connection with providing direct market...more

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

OCC Updates Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-41, which announces a new “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001 and provides updated...more

Sleeping Giant? OCC Wakes Up to New Focus on Merchant Processing

Following hard on the heels of recent risk management actions taken by other federal agencies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a thoroughly updated booklet on Merchant Processing, which forms a...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Consumer Protection - People - Excerpt from Derivatives: Regulators Request FSB to Assist in...more

FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued separate advisories relating to (1) anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) deficiencies and (2) promoting a culture of compliance with...more

FinCEN Advisory Urges Institutions To Promote Culture Of Compliance

On August 11, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A007 to provide guidance regarding BSA/AML compliance programs. Specifically, the guidance recommends that institutions create a “culture of compliance” by ensuring that: (i)...more

Freddie Mac Implements FinCEN AML Rules, Updates Other Selling And Servicing Policies

On August 14, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-15, which reminds seller/servicers subject to the AML requirements of the BSA that they are expected to maintain an AML compliance program and are required to report to Freddie...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory to U.S. Financial Institutions Regarding Promotion of a Culture of Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) to U.S. financial institutions (“FIs”, and each an “FI”) in which FinCEN highlights “the importance of a strong culture of [Bank Secrecy...more

FinCEN Proposes Fifth BSA Pillar

On July 30, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence (CDD) requirements as a fifth pillar under the...more

FinCEN Seeks to Turn Beneficial Ownership Disclosure of Private Entities on its Head

My colleagues over at our banking blog have highlighted proposed regulations by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, under the Bank Secrecy Act which are meant to combat illicit financial activity, including...more

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