FinCEN

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged with detecting and combatting illegal activity within the financial system. FinCEN detects evidence of... more +
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury charged with detecting and combatting illegal activity within the financial system. FinCEN detects evidence of money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes by collecting, monitoring, and analyzing financial transaction data. Such data is disseminated to both domestic and international law enforcement agencies. less -
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FinCEN Imposes Significant Fines In a Warning to Adhere to Due Diligence Requirements

In its recent decision to impose $20 million in sanctions upon Oppenheimer and Co. for the company’s failure to maintain internal controls to promote enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), FinCEN revealed the emphasis it...more

Mind the Red Flags – FinCEN Issues Penalty for Failure to File SARs on Director’s Suspicious Activity

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently penalized First National Community Bank (FNCB) $1.5 million for failing to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) despite the existence of...more

FinCEN Hits Repeat Offender with $20M Penalty

Why it matters - The $20 million civil money penalty assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) against Oppenheimer & Co. is intended to send several strong messages to all types of financial services...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

How Not to Use Bitcoin

The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been...more

FinCEN Fines NY-Based Securities Broker-Dealer for Anti-Money Laundering Shortfalls

On January 27, FinCEN fined a New York securities broker-dealer firm $20 million for violating the BSA. According to the press release, the firm failed to (i) establish an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) conduct...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015

Editor’s Note - CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo Proposes “Pro-Reform Reconsideration” of the Swaps Trading Rules. On January 29, CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo published a whitepaper titled “Pro-Reform...more

FinCrimes Update - January 2015, Volumn 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - BSA/AML & OFAC | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement ...more

Compliance Failures Result in Million-Dollar Fines and a Jail Sentence for AML Compliance Officers

Why it matters - In two separate actions in a two-day period at the end of 2014, one former BSA/AML compliance officer was sentenced to two years in prison and forfeited almost $1 million and another was fined $1...more

"FinCEN Proposes Tighter Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions"

For financial institutions, customer due diligence may become tougher and costlier in 2015 if the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) latest proposed rule is finalized in its current form. On July 30, 2014, FinCEN...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC settled another action this week based on admissions of fact and that the Federal securities laws were filed, this time involving Oppenheimer. The action was based on the fact that the firm permitted an off-shore and...more

Oppenheimer Settles with SEC, FinCEN

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. settled an action with the SEC centered on violations of the broker registration provisions, a failure to file suspicious activity reports or SARS and the sale of unregistered penny stock shares. The...more

FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting

FinCEN issued an alert indicating that certain organizations and individuals have been circumventing various laws related to sports betting, including by permitting "third-party betting" and reminding the industry about the...more

FinCEN Again Extends Deadline for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals who have only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until June 30, 2016 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....more

FinCEN Highlights Information Sharing Program Among Regulatory, Law Enforcement Agencies

On January 6, FinCEN released a fact sheet highlighting its Section 314(a) Program of the USA PATRIOT Act. Under the Section 314(a) Program, federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement are able to contact, through...more

SEC Extends AML Relief for Broker-Dealer CIP Reliance on Advisers

The SEC’s action suggests that formal antimoney laundering program requirements for investment advisers may be on the horizon. On January 9, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the...more

FinCEN Fines Former CCO For Maintaining Ineffective AML Program

Recently, FinCEN announced a $1 million civil money penalty against the former Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of a large financial services company for allegedly violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and its implementing...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

Former Compliance Officer Assessed Million Dollar Penalty For Role In Company's Money Laundering Violations

Corporate officers with compliance duties, take note: you may face personal liability for your role in failing to prevent your company's violations of federal law. This new reality comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements to Implement JOBS Act Mandates - The SEC announced that it is proposing rule amendments under the Securities Exchange Act...more

Busy Week for AML Enforcement in SDNY

This was a banner week in AML enforcement for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. First, the SDNY, on behalf of FinCEN, announced it has filed an enforcement action against Thomas Haider, the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #3

Amendment to Swaps Push-out Provision of Dodd-Frank: Section 630 of the recently passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill” – see p. 249) amends Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank...more

FFIEC Releases Revised BSA/AML Examination Manual

On November 26, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released the revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. ...more

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