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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Do You Know What an IRS Criminal Investigation is?

The US taxes its citizens and permanent residents on their worldwide income regardless of where they live or how long they’ve lived outside of the US. There is only one other country in the world that operates like the US –...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 End Review: Banking Regulators Try to Ease Concerns Over Aggressive AML/BSA Enforcement

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators sought to correct a problem—at least in part one of their own creation—by issuing a “Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent...more

2016 Year in Review: Forfeiture

The field of forfeiture saw significant action in 2016. The IRS offered to return forfeited funds used in structuring, but Congress still may clip its ability to forfeit such funds. Meanwhile, DOJ renewed a controversial...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

New York State Department of Financial Services Announces that Anti-Terrorism Transaction Monitoring and Filtering Program...

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Superintendent Maria T. Vullo announced that the Department’s transaction monitoring and filtering program regulation took effect as of January 1st...more

Cyber$ecurity: Recent Developments in the Protection of Financial Data

As cybersecurity remains in the headlines moving into 2017, we consider recent developments in public policy concerning cybersecurity in the financial services industry....more

Cyber$ecurity: Recent Developments in the Protection of Financial Data

As cybersecurity remains in the headlines moving into 2017, we consider recent developments in public policy concerning cybersecurity in the financial services industry....more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

Western Union on the Hook for $586 Million for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud

Western Union is facing a $586-million settlement, after admitting to aiding criminals in money laundering and fraud. The global money services business, with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, has entered into...more

Banking Problems for a Whole Industry

About half of the States have legalized marijuana for either or both medical and recreational use. Despite being legal under various state laws, businesses operating in the marijuana industry continue to encounter federal...more

Paying for the Wall: Will President Trump’s Administration Scrutinize, Tax, or Seize Remittances?

One of the most significant post-election questions for the financial-services industry—particularly global financial institutions that move money across borders—is what is the status of President-elect Trump’s proposal to...more

FinCEN Opens 2017 with SAR Sharing Guidance for Casinos

Financial institutions’ ability to share suspicious activity reports (“SARs”) within the corporate organizational structure serves as an important tool for Bank Secrecy Act compliance and risk avoidance. FinCEN began 2017 by...more

BSA/AML Violations Trigger $215M Consent Order With New York's DFS

Violations of state anti-money laundering laws tripped up the Agricultural Bank of China, which recently entered into a consent order with New York's Department of Financial Services for $215 million....more

State Ballot Wins Only Amplify Questions About Pot Banking

The 2016 election will be remembered not only for the memorable presidential race but also for what was effectively a national referendum on cannabis. Eight states passed laws allowing its use. Medical marijuana is now...more

National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies

"Technology-based products and services are the future of banking and the economy." "What excites me most about the changes occurring in financial services is the great potential to expand financial inclusion, reach...more

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

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