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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Government Investigations: Use of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Virtual Currency

Since 2009, the US Department of Justice has implemented an aggressive anti-tax evasion strategy that has changed by targeting tax havens that host financial intermediaries (i.e., banks) to the financial intermediaries...more

Is a Hurry-Up Wire Transfer of $3 Billion on Behalf of a Malaysian Government Fund to a Little-Known Private Bank Suspicious?...

Multiple news sources are reporting that the U.S. government is conducting an investigation into whether Goldman Sachs violated the so-called Bank Secrecy Act (real and less-Orwellian name: Currency and Foreign Transactions...more

Suspicious Activity Reports: Why They Matter

The Bank Security Act (BSA) states that financial institutions have an obligation to aid law enforcement in identifying suspicious financial transactions through what is known as a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR). As banking...more

FinCEN Requires Financial Institutions to Obtain Beneficial Ownership

FinCEN’s new CIP beneficial owner rules may hinder the ability of shell and nominee companies to directly access the US financial system without disclosing the natural persons who own 25% or more of the company. Pooled...more

One-Two Punch for Transparency: Beneficial Owners Outed

In an apparent effort to create the impression of strong U.S. policy response in the wake of the Panama Papers, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced three initiatives to promote greater transparency and...more

US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Deputy Director El-Hindi Addresses New Customer Due Diligence Rule and Beneficial...

As part of his remarks at the Institute of International Bankers Annual Anti-Money Laundering Seminar, US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Deputy Director Jamal El-Hindi discussed certain US Department of Treasury efforts...more

FinCEN Issues Final Customer Due Diligence Rule

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has expanded the due diligence obligations of certain financial institutions that are subject to a customer identification program requirement under...more

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Final Rules

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued final rules (the Final Rules) on customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, and...more

New FinCEN Rule Requires Heightened Identification Procedures and Anti-Money Laundering Diligence

A new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) rule under the Bank Secrecy Act will require institutions to more specifically identify legal entity customers and increase anti-money laundering diligence. The rule will...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

FinCEN Unveils “Fifth Pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

The idea that a “fifth pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance – customer due diligence requiring U.S. banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, commodity futures merchants, and introducing brokers (“covered financial...more

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

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

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