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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 -

Anti-Money Laundering Update: FinCEN Makes Small Texas Bank Pay Big Fine

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance: - FinCEN imposes $2 million penalty against community bank - Bank failed to conduct appropriate due diligence related to Mexican customer - Small banks, other financial institutions...more

SEC Charges Wells Fargo With Failing to File SARs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has an on-going program monitoring whether broker-dealers timely file suspicious activity reports or SARS with the Financial Crimes Network or FinCEN. Its most recent case in this area focused on the failure of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Change at the Fed. As expected, on November 2, President Trump nominated Jerome H. Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) for a term of four years beginning...more

With Another Veteran Criminal Prosecutor At FinCEN’s Helm, Aggressive AML Enforcement Expected To Continue

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Kenneth A. Blanco as Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau in Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The leading...more

FinCEN Fines Texas Bank $2M for Alleged Failure to Vet and Monitor Mexican Correspondent Banking Relationship – But Touts Bank’s...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN recentlty announced entry of a $2 million assessment against Lone Star National Bank, a private bank operating out of Texas, for the bank’s allegedly willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and inadequate...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s focus on retail investors is reflected in cases filed this week. One involved the manipulation of securities prices by gaining unauthorized access to retail accounts and then trading securities....more

Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

AML Information Sharing in the U.S. – Section 314 of the Patriot Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we recently blogged, the Royal United Services Institute (“RUSI”) for Defence and Security Studies — a U.K. think tank – has released a study: The Role of Financial Information-Sharing Partnerships in the Disruption of...more

New GTO covers Wire Transfers

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

On August 22, 2017, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) published a new Advisory regarding Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) covering residential real estate transactions in certain counties or boroughs of New...more

The Corporate Transparency Act: A Proposal to Expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Legal Entities, Corporate Formation...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In late June, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Peter King of New York introduced The Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In August, Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio introduced companion legislation in the...more

Complying With FinCEN’s Revised GTOs: What Real Estate Professionals Need To Know About Anti-Money Laundering

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This article is Part II of a series in which we address the U.S. government’s attempts to combat money laundering in real estate transactions....more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...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

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Banking and the Marijuana Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part One of a Three-Part Series - We begin this week with a three-part series on banking and the marijuana industry. States continue to pass medical and recreational use marijuana legislation despite that the fact that the...more

Trends in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement and Compliance

by Baker Donelson on

For years banks and other financial institutions have dealt with the anti-money laundering (AML) requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Governmental agencies, both regulatory and law enforcement, have placed particular...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

FinCEN Reveals That Geographic Targeting Orders Are Generating Meaningful Intelligence Leading To Money Laundering Prosecutions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a press release touting recent law enforcement success stories based upon Bank Secrecy Act reporting by financial institutions, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network revealed publicly for the first...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...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

FinCEN Enforcement Action Highlights AML Compliance Program Failures and Conflicts of Interest for High-Risk MSB Customers

On February 27, 2017, FinCEN announced a $7 million civil monetary penalty against Merchants for willful violations of the BSA. Additionally, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Merchants’ federal functional...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Cybersecurity: Recent Developments in the Protection of Financial Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As cybersecurity remains in the headlines moving into 2017, we consider recent developments in public policy concerning cybersecurity in the financial services industry....more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, 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

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