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FinCEN Issues Latest Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 15th, FinCEN issued its latest “Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CTF Deficiencies.” The FATF, or the Financial Action Task Force, is a 37-member intergovernmental body, including the United...more

FinCEN Issues New Geographic Targeting Order for Shell Companies Purchasing High-End Residential Real Estate

In its latest effort to combat money laundering within the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued a new Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) broadening its scrutiny of shell companies...more

FinCEN Expands GTOs and Closes Wire Transfer Loophole

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) continues to expand its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) with respect to beneficial ownership transparency in real estate...more

FinCEN Continues Its Focus on Real Estate Transactions through Advisory and GTOs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN has announced the expansion of its Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) for high-end cash buyers of real estate. The expansion is two-fold. First, FinCEN has expanded the scope of Form 8300 reportable transactions to...more

Aloha Cash Buyers: FinCEN Issues Advisory to Financial Institutions; Expands Geographic Tracking Order to Include Honolulu, Wire...

by Burr & Forman on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the revision of its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) Tuesday. The GTO requires title insurers to report beneficial ownership information on legal entities,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions About Future of Similar U.S. Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets. In the nearly 18 months following that...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

FinCEN Takes First Action Against Foreign-Located MSB—“The Virtual Currency Exchange of Choice for Criminals”—For Willfully...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 26, FinCEN, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“NDCA USAO”), assessed a $110,003,314 civil money penalty against BTC-e a/k/a Canton Business Corporation (“BTC-e”)...more

Continued and Unexpected Roadblocks to Serving MRBs: Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part Two of a Three-Part Series - In the second part of this series, we explore the practical effects of the FinCEN and DOJ guidance documents on industries attempting to serve marijuana related business (“MRBs”). On June...more

Proposed Changes to Cross-Border Reporting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part III of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on...more

FinCEN issues Marijuana Banking Update Report

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN), issued a Marijuana Banking Update Report for the period ending March 31, 2017. Back in January, I wrote about a bi-partisan group of...more

Senators Propose the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the “Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.” Although it is...more

A “Death Sentence” for Financial Institutions: the D.C. Circuit Dismisses Andorran Bank Shareholders’ Challenge to FinCEN’s...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 23, the federal court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal by the majority shareholders in Banca Privada d’Andorra S.A. (“BPA”) regarding claims that FinCEN violated the Administrative...more

Still Following the Money: FinCEN, Money Laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act

Late last week, Congressional intelligence committees reportedly received some information from the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) related to investigations into Russia’s attack on the 2016 U.S....more

Individual Accountability in AML Cases

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This post discusses individual liability in AML/BSA enforcement, which is an area of increasing attention. Indeed, according to public statements by the government, individual liability is the focus of enhanced scrutiny...more

The New Paradigm: Proposed Reforms of the AML/CFT Regime by The Clearing House

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Today we are very pleased to welcome guest blogger Greg Baer, who will address a series of significant issues posed by a detailed paper published by The Clearing House, a banking association and payments company that is owned...more

Bank Loses Stay of Court Judgment Upholding Broad FinCEN Discretion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

“Sometimes, the third time really is the charm” wrote the District Court for the District of Columbia on April 14, 2017. In its opinion, the court upheld FinCEN’s imposition of the Patriot Act’s fifth special measure against...more

Failure to Register with FINCEN Sustains Guilty Pleas by Virtual Currency Exchangers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

It is a potential crime to conduct a business that exchanges virtual currency and fail to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“), even if the State in which one operates does not impose a similar...more

Focusing On What Matters: Preventing Money Laundering Should Be the Shared Goal of the Government and the Cannabis Industry

Suffice it to say, the appointment of Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General did not remove uncertainty from the cannabis industry. How our new Attorney General will approach the industry remains unclear. Indeed,...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure - Alabama Bankers Association...

On Jan. 19, 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

European Parliament: The U.S. is a Haven for Tax Cheats and Money Launderers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, we blogged about how the United States recently declared the Philippines to be a “major money laundering country.” On the same day of our post, March 7, the European Parliament (EP) issued a Report which...more

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