Bank Secrecy Act FinCEN

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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Revisiting FinCEN’s Proposed Regulations on Beneficial Ownership

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. – Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues Political winds are important for a number of reasons. When working in the government, you have to seize the...more

Foundation: April 2016 • V Ol. III, Issue 1

In yet another sign of its aggressive campaign to fight money laundering, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has trained its sights on the high-end real estate market in New York and...more

FINRA Targets AML Programs and “Culture of Compliance” as 2016 Enforcement Priority, Particularly for High-Risk Broker/Dealers

Under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) authorization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is “responsible for regulating (1) all securities firms that do business with the public[,]” (2) key stock...more

Repeat BSA Violations Cited for Two FinCEN Fines

Repeat violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) are cited by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for a $1 million penalty against a casino and a $10,000 fine against a money...more

Prepaids in Focus: Federal Regulators Clarify CIP Rules

The federal banking agencies and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have issued guidance to banks to clarify how the Bank Secrecy Act's customer identification program (CIP)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

FinCEN Proposes Funding Portals Regulations under Bank Secrecy Act

On April 4, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury (“FinCEN”), proposed amendments to the definitions of ‘‘broker or dealer in securities’’ and ‘‘broker-dealer’’ under the...more

Casino AML: FinCEN Fines Former Sparks Nugget Management $1 Million

Attributing observed deficiencies to a lack of a culture of compliance, FinCEN has again targeted a casino for willful violations of the anti-money laundering (“AML”) provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). This time the...more

Failure to Report Foreign Accounts is Illegal, IRS Warns

Maintaining a foreign bank or other financial account is not illegal. Such accounts are increasingly common, as the globe shrinks. However, in the case of U.S. citizens or residents (and certain non-residents), failing to...more

FinCEN Proposes to Amend Definition of Broker-Dealer in Securities to Include Funding Portals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed to amend the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) definition of “Broker or Dealer in Securities” to include funding portals in order to ensure that funding portals implement...more

FinCEN Proposes Amendments to Bank Secrecy Act to Cover Crowdfunding Portals

FinCEN, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, has proposed amendments to the definitions of “broker or dealer in securities” and “broker-dealer” under the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act. This rulemaking...more

FinCEN Imposes Civil Money Penalty Against Owner of Kentucky-Based Money Services Business

On March 24, FinCEN assessed a civil money penalty against a Kentucky-based MSB and its owner for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). As the designated AML compliance officer of the MSB, the owner willfully violated the...more

New Interagency Guidance Clarifies CIP Requirements for Prepaid Cards

On March 21, 2016, FinCEN and the federal bank regulatory agencies published Guidance to issuing banks on the CIP requirements applicable to prepaid cards. While the Guidance referred to “prepaid cards,” footnote 5 to the...more

FinCEN’s Recent MSB Guidance Also Has Important Implications for Banks

On March 11, 2016, FinCEN issued Guidance reminding MSBs and their agents of their respective AML obligations and, most importantly, reminding MSBs that they are responsible for their agents’ activities. The Guidance reminds...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Online Marketplace Lenders - On March 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two initiatives: it will now accept complaints from...more

OCC Releases Bulletin Outlining BSA Noncompliance Enforcement Process

On February 29, the OCC released Bulletin 2016-6, supplementing information in Bulletin 2007-36, “BSA Enforcement Policy,” and rescinding Bulletin 205-45, “Process for Taking Administrative Enforcement Actions Against Banks...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #2 – Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Compliance

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our second consideration was Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and OFAC compliance in 2016. Compliance with the...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - February 2016

Eye on the Courts—Recent Opinions and Rulings of Note - Why it matters: From a white collar and securities fraud standpoint, there has been a lot of noteworthy activity in the courts of late. The Supreme Court granted...more

Are You a “Payment Processor”? Washington State Appears to Significantly Expand Scope of Its Money Transmission Act

One of the defining aspects of the payments revolution of the past few years—at least from a regulatory perspective—has been the question of whether any particular payments service is subject to regulation as money...more

What to watch for in 2016 in financial regulation: important changes to AML rules for investment advisers coming this year

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) published a proposed rule in August 2015 which scoped certain investment advisers into the definition of “financial institution” and...more

Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

FinCEN Imposes New Reporting Requirements on New York and Miami Real Estate Markets

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced two geographic targeting orders (GTOs) imposing new reporting and recordkeeping requirements on title insurance companies operating in New York City and...more

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

FinCEN Targets High-Value Real Estate Transactions in New York and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced that it had issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) which will temporarily require certain title insurance companies to report the...more

FinCEN Targets “All Cash” Real Estate Deals in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), as part of its continued efforts to combat money laundering, issued its first Geographic...more

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