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Texas Bank Faces $2M Fine From FinCEN

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) hit a Texas bank with a $2 million Assessment of Civil Money Penalty for Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) violations of Section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

The Courts Speak: Bank Liability for Alleged AML Failures Impacting Third Parties, and Hauling into U.S. Court Foreign Defendants...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We discuss two recent federal court opinions addressing two issues of increasing frequency and importance: (i) the potential civil liability of financial institutions to non-customers and other third-parties for alleged...more

California Card Club Plagued By Allegations Of Criminal Activity Fined $8 Million For AML Violations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that it had fined a California card club, Artichoke Joe’s Casino, $8 million for numerous willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: FinCEN Makes Small Texas Bank Pay Big Fine for Violating Bank Secrecy Act

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 need to...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

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

Record-Setting Prosecutions in the Money Transmitting Business: Ways to Avoid Compliance Violations

by Blank Rome LLP on

In the first several months of 2017, we have seen significant anti-money laundering settlements and penalties in the money transmitting business arising from lax compliance programs, including the record-setting Western Union...more

Yet Another Lawsuit Alleging Securities Laws Violations – and Individual Liability – Due to AML/BSA Failures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Financial institutions face an increasing risk that alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) requirements will lead to follow-on allegations of securities law violations. We have...more

SEC: Broker-Dealer Maintained AML Compliance Plan in Name Only

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5, the SEC filed suit against Salt Lake City-based Alpine Securities, Corp. (“Alpine”). The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the broker-dealer ran afoul of AML rules by “routinely...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

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

New York Department of Financial Services Intensifies AML Enforcement Under New Superintendent

by King & Spalding on

Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), Maria T. Vullo, has focused the Department’s efforts on enforcement of New York’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) laws. Since her confirmation on June...more

Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry Discusses Fintech Charters

In his remarks at the LendIt Conference in New York, Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry discussed the special purpose national bank charters to be granted by the OCC to fintech companies and addressed the various...more

New York Implements New BSA/AML/OFAC Certification and Monitoring/Filtering Regulation for Banks and Money

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Financial firms that are chartered or licensed to do business in New York should be aware of an important new regulation that became effective on January 1, 2017. Money laundering and terrorist financing are generally thought...more

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Banking Regulators Try to Ease Concerns Over Aggressive AML/BSA Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators sought to correct a problem—at least in part one of their own creation—by issuing a “Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent...more

2016 Year in Review: Forfeiture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The field of forfeiture saw significant action in 2016. The IRS offered to return forfeited funds used in structuring, but Congress still may clip its ability to forfeit such funds. Meanwhile, DOJ renewed a controversial...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

Western Union on the Hook for $586 Million for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Western Union is facing a $586-million settlement, after admitting to aiding criminals in money laundering and fraud. The global money services business, with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, has entered into...more

State Ballot Wins Only Amplify Questions About Pot Banking

The 2016 election will be remembered not only for the memorable presidential race but also for what was effectively a national referendum on cannabis. Eight states passed laws allowing its use. Medical marijuana is now...more

De-Risking 101

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

FinCEN Proposes AML Program Requirement for Banks without a Federal Functional Regulator

by Goodwin on

FinCEN has proposed extending its anti-money laundering (AML) program requirement for banks to banks that are not subject to regulation by a federal functional regulator, including state chartered limited purpose trust...more

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