The U.S. Treasury Department has notified a former compliance chief at MoneyGram International Inc. that he may face a fine of up to $5 million over the money-transfer company’s previously admitted failures to monitor transactions properly for illicit activity.… Continue Reading
Posts Tagged: AML
The London High Court’s recent decision in Otkritie v. Urumov, with headline damages of about $150 million, involved two discrete (but ultimately connected) frauds perpetrated on a Russian investment bank.… Continue Reading
French banks Societe Generale and Credit Agricole are being investigated by U.S. authorities for alleged money laundering and economic sanction breaches involving Iran, Cuba and Sudan.
The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the New York Department of Financial Services are conducting the investigations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.… Continue Reading
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division announced on Wednesday that she is leaving the agency, effective March 21, 2014.
Under her leadership for the past year, the Criminal Division charged or convicted more than a dozen individuals for FCPA-related violations, and secured three of the ten of the biggest corporate FCPA resolutions ever involving a unit of Alcoa, France’s Total SA, and Weatherford International.… Continue Reading
A money service business agreed to cease its operations and surrender its registration to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for making more than 8,000 transfers to Yemen without doing any anti-money laundering reviews.… Continue Reading
Boards of directors in global companies are showing an increased interest in establishing financial crime committees and hiring notable experts to advise them.
Several well-publicized enforcement actions have provided the impetus by requiring companies to establish such board-level committees and add to their financial crime expertise.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority suspended a former AML compliance officer for Brown Brothers Harriman and assessed a record $8 million fine against the firm for its anti-money laundering failures.… Continue Reading
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) said Wednesday it has fined Banorte-Ixe Securities International, Ltd. $475,00 for not having adequate anti-money laundering procedures in place.
Because of the firm’s AML compliance failures, it opened an account for a corporate customer owned by an individual with reported ties to a drug cartel.… Continue Reading
On Thursday, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its 2014 Regulatory and Examination Priorities letter to help firms review and enhance their compliance programs. FINRA emphasized that it will be examining for strong controls and compliance efforts in the areas covered in the letter, since they were deemed to pose significant risk to the investing public and the integrity of the markets.… Continue Reading
Sarah Dahlgren, Executive VP of the Financial Institution Supervision Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance are areas that have not gottten enough attention, during and following the financial crisis.… Continue Reading
The DOJ announced a guilty plea Tuesday by a check-cashing company and its owner for processing $19 million in transactions that were used to set up sham businesses.
Books and records relating to a firm’s anti-money laundering (AML) program — much like those used to comply with the FCPA’s recordkeeping requirements as mandated by the SEC — can be reviewed by the SEC, DOJ or state examiners in regulatory investigations.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Federal Reserve said last week it was requiring Commerzbank AG in Germany and its New York branch to improve compliance with federal and state anti-money laundering (AML) laws.
The Fed action didn’t involve allegations of corruption or specific charges.… Continue Reading