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FinCrimes Update - July 2014 Summary, Volumn 1, Issue 5

FINCEN PROPOSES CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE - On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial...more

Regulators Increasingly Pursue Individual Liability for Money-Laundering Violations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the U.S. Department of Treasury, recently fined a Miami-based money services business (MSB) and its owner $10,000 for failing to implement proper anti-money...more

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Update: FinCEN Issues Guidance For Financial Institutions Providing Services To Marijuana-Related...

On February 14, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued its guidance “BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses” in an effort to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) expectations for...more

Toke on This: FinCEN Issues Guidelines for Marijuana-Related Businesses

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) got a whiff of the fact that financial institutions provide services to burgeoning marijuana-related businesses and published guidance to clarify customer due diligence...more

More fallout from Silk Road

Another set of Bitcoin-related arrests for failing to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act. Interestingly, investors in one of the companies include the Winkelvoss twins. Anyone who is involved in Bitcoin or other virtual...more

Money Laundering on the Front Burner

With the bulk of the banking industry’s credit problems resolved or at least more manageable than in the recent past, the regulators appear to be on a new warpath. Over the last year, they have sent strong signals to the...more

New York Announces Agreement To Resolve Alleged International Sanctions Violations

On June 20, New York announced a consent order with the New York branch of a foreign bank to resolve charges that the bank — over a five year period that ended more than five years ago — violated Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money...more

Federal Reserve Board Requires AML Enhancements Prior To Bank Merger

On June 18, the Federal Reserve Board announced the execution of a written agreement with a bank and its bank and non-bank subsidiaries to resolve alleged shortcomings in the institutions’ BSA/AML compliance programs....more

OCC Issues Semiannual Risk Report, Highlights Cyber Security And Anti-Money Laundering Risk

On June 18, the OCC released its Semiannual Risk Perspective, which assesses risks facing national banks and federal savings associations with regard to: (i) the operating environment, (ii) condition and performance of the...more

The HSBC AML Settlement - Lessons Learned for the AML Compliance Practitioner

I recently wrote about banks behaving badly. Currently, Exhibit A in that list is HSBC. In December, 2012, the UK banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.92 billion for its transgressions involving money laundering....more

U.S. Law Enforcement Authorities And Regulators Resolve Significant Money Laundering And Sanctions Investigations

On December 11, a major international bank holding company announced agreements with U.S. law enforcement authorities and federal bank regulators to end investigations into alleged inadequate compliance with anti-money...more

Federal Bank Secrecy Act Issues for Mobile Payment Systems

In This Presentation: - The BSA from 30,000 Feet - ABCs of the BSA for MSBs - Impact on Customer Acquisition - BSA/AML Enforcement - Current Topics and Resources Excerpt from The BSA from 30,000...more

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