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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Nutter Bank Report, November 2016

Massachusetts Voters Approve Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Purposes - Massachusetts voters have approved a ballot initiative legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, which will become law...more

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used...more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Rule and Increased AML Burden

Compliance officers at financial institutions have made great strides in improving Know Your Customer (KYC) programs to focus on knowing their customers as a critical function in combating money laundering. As regulators...more

FinCEN: Cyber Events Should Be Reported via SARs

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) reminded banks that they are required to report cyber-enabled crime and cyber events just like any other suspicious activity. What happened - Observing that...more

Banks Should Prepare for Increased Collaboration between IT, Legal and BSA/AML Compliance Departments under New FinCEN Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an Advisory which provided substantial guidance to financial institutions regarding the scope of information that must be...more

Selling Marijuana is still a Federal Crime, but income must be reported

The prevalence of state laws legalizing the sale of marijuana does nothing to change federal law. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, (21 USC 801, et seq). The act of manufacturing,...more

FinCEN Looks to Financial Institutions to File SARs Regarding Cyber-Events

On October 25, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) explaining the obligations a “financial institution” might have under the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regarding...more

New Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements? FinCEN Advisory Identifies Cybersecurity Events for Financial Institutions to Report

Last week, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) issued a formal Advisory to Financial Institutions and published FAQs outlining specific cybersecurity events that should be reported through Suspicious Activity...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on the Reporting of Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crimes

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, an arm of the United States Department of the Treasury, issued an advisory last week to remind financial institutions of their obligations to report cyber-events on...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Cyber Crime

On October 25, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published an Advisory to Financial Institutions on Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crime and an accompanying Frequently Asked...more

Don’t Roll the Dice: FinCEN Assesses Significant Penalties on Regulated Entity for Failing to Implement a Comprehensive AML...

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) imposed a civil money penalty of $12 million against a Nevada based casino, CG Technology, L.P. (CGT) for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory and FAQs Regarding Reporting Cyber-Events

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued an advisory (“Advisory”) and Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) to assist financial institutions in reporting cyber-events, cyber-enabled crime, and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Another Cybersecurity Proposal. On the heels of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issuing its proposed regulation that would require banks and insurance companies to institute...more

Upping the Ante on Casinos’ AML Compliance

FinCEN focus requires major shift in gaming business practices - Which complex, global industry where billions of dollars exchange hands every day, and where high-net-worth customers park significant sums, is facing...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced that it hired Christopher R. Hetner, a cybersecurity expert, as the Senior Adviser to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. The hire is indicative of the SEC’s focus on cybersecurity measures...more

Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Threaten to Disrupt Traditional Banking Services

To most people, the concept of digital currencies is synonymous with the name Bitcoin. However, hundreds of digital currencies exist. In fact, WorldCoinIndex.com tracks 445 currencies, and CoinMarketCap.com tracks 732....more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Cantor Gaming Forced to Pony up Millions for AML Violations: What Lessons Can Be Learned from FinCEN’s Latest Enforcement Action...

Action Item: Licensed gaming and other entities required to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act should be aware of this recent FinCEN enforcement action, and they must ensure that their compliance programs address the lessons...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Bank Supervision Operating Plan for Fiscal Year 2017

The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released its bank supervision operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The plan sets forth the foundation for policy initiatives and for supervisory strategies applicable to...more

Don’t Gamble on Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

In August 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory urging leadership within all U.S. financial institutions to actively promote a culture of compliance...more

New York DFS Issues $180M BSA/AML Penalty

New York’s banking regulator cracked down on enforcement of the state’s anti-money laundering (AML) law, issuing a $180 million penalty against Mega International Commercial Bank of Taiwan (Mega Bank) for past violations and...more

FinCEN Associate Director for Enforcement Delivers Remarks at Title 31 Conference, Stresses Importance of Culture of Compliance

On the day after his appointment in August 2016, the Associate Director for Enforcement for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Thomas Ott, addressed the National Title 31 Suspicious Activity & Risk Assessment...more

Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been...more

Treasury Proposes Regulations That Would Require Private Trust Companies to Establish or Enhance AML Programs and to Identify...

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published proposed regulations on August 25, 2016 that would require certain private trust companies utilized by high net worth individuals,...more

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