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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

The CFPB’s Examination Authority Over MSBs

New and existing money services businesses frequently ask when or if the CFPB will “examine” them. All consumer financial services businesses naturally worry about the CFPB’s reach and want to be prepared. This article...more

Federal Regulators Clarify Bank CIP Obligations for Prepaid Cardholders

Banks and credit unions that issue reloadable, general purpose prepaid cards must apply Customer Identification Program (CIP) procedures to those cardholders, according to guidance issued by the federal banking regulators and...more

FinCrimes Update - March 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 3

BREAKING NEWS: PANAMA PAPERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS - A group of international news outlets published a series of articles this week regarding the so-called “Panama Papers;” 11.5...more

FinCEN Supplements 2011 FAQs Regarding Prepaid Access

On March 24, FinCEN issued FIN-2016-G002 to supplement guidance issued in 2011 regarding aspects of its Prepaid Access Final Rule. FIN-2016-G002 provides answers to a list of frequently asked questions related to the...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

FinCEN Issues Guidance on MSB Obligations to Supervise Agents

On March 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance to Money Services Businesses (MSBs) to reiterate “the existing anti-money laundering (AML) program requirements on the principals of MSBs to...more

FinCEN Highlights Existing AML Program Obligations on MSB Principal-Agent Relationships

On March 11, FinCEN issued FIN-2016-G001 to provide clarity to money services business (MSB) principals regarding the risks associated with foreign agents’ AML compliance. FinCEN’s guidance, which complements recently issued...more

The Banking Stepchild: Money Service Businesses

Sometimes risk analysis can result in paralysis. Finding your risk tolerance and applying it to specific situations requires a nuanced approach. I am always wary of anyone who tells me categorical rules – e.g. we do not...more

Pitfalls for the Unwary: Long Arm Jurisdiction of State Enforcement of Money Transmittal Company Laws

Last month we alerted our clients to newly proposed anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering regulations in New York that sought to impose increased compliance requirements and vastly expanded personal liability (including...more

Texas Department of Banking Issues Supervisory Memorandum to Money Services Business License Holders

On October 29, the Texas Department of Banking (the Department) issued a supervisory memorandum to Money Services Business (MSB) license holders. The purpose of the memorandum “is to provide license holders with industry best...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 17 - September 2015 (US)

We all love to quote statistics when they tend to support whatever position we may be advocating. At the same time, however, we are often loath to take the time and effort to respond to surveys or provide information needed...more

Amendments to Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Legislation: What’s New and What’s Next

On July 4, 2015, the federal government released amended regulations (Regulations) under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA). While there are some additional regulatory burdens...more

FinCEN Fines MSB and Its Owner for Alleged BSA Violations

Today, FinCEN announced the assessment of a civil money penalty against a Los Angeles-based Money Services Business (MSB) and its owner for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). During a 2011 examination of the...more

Treasury Department Publishes National Money Laundering Risk Assessment and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment

On June 12, 2015, Treasury Department issued its National Money Laundering Risk Assessment (NMLRA) and National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA). This is the Department’s first NMLRA release in a decade and its...more

FinCEN Fines Michigan MSB For BSA/AML Violations, Bans Owner From Serving at Any U.S. Financial Institution

On May 29, a Michigan-based money service business (MSB), along with its owner, admitted to repeated violations of the BSA and have agreed to pay FinCEN a civil money penalty in the amount of $12,000. The company violated the...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

Ripple Labs Fined $700,000 Over Bank Secrecy Act Violations: Lessons Learned from FinCEN’s first Civil Enforcement Action Against...

On May 5, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) fined Ripple Labs Inc. (“Ripple Labs”) and its wholly owned subsidiary XRP Fund II LLC (“XRP II”) $700,000 for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)....more

“Firsts” for the World of Virtual Currencies

There have been two recent virtual currency-related actions worthy of note: (1) the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced its first civil enforcement action against a virtual currency exchanger, and (2)...more

Department of Justice Settles Virtual Currency Enforcement Action

The US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California recently settled an enforcement action against Ripple Labs Inc., a Delaware corporation providing virtual currency exchange services. According to the settlement...more

FinCEN Resolves First Enforcement Action Against Virtual Currency Exchange

On May 5, a virtual currency company and its subsidiary agreed to pay a $700,000 civil money penalty for violating multiple provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), in which both companies acted as a money service business...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #2

Two Traders Subject of CME Summary Suspension for Alleged Spoofing Sued by CFTC Too - Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenced a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Heet Khara and Nasim...more

The District of Columbia Adopts the NMLS Uniform Authorized Agent Reporting (UAAR)

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking has begun using the Uniform Authorized Agent Reporting (UAAR) process of the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS) to satisfy agent...more

Dealing with high-risk clients and final advice for maintaining an effective AML compliance program

Dealing with high-risk clients in an era of enhanced AML enforcement - To identify and trace criminal activity, federal law enforcement relies on the mandatory filing of suspicious activity reports (SARs) by financial...more

OFAC Announces Settlement with Money Services Business for Violations of Sanctions Programs

On March 23, Department of the Treasury’s OFAC announced a settlement agreement with a large money services business (MSB) for failing to implement an effective compliance program “to identify, interdict, and prevent...more

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