All anti-money laundering articles – Page 7

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    NY’s New AML Rules Seek Enhanced Monitoring, Attestations


    Image: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a slate of new anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism regulations for financial institutions that fall under that state’s supervision. They include a requirement that senior financial executives certify their institutions have sufficient systems in place to detect, weed out, and prevent illicit transactions, ...

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    Nordea Bank Tackles AML Compliance Amid Hefty Fine


    Nordea Bank AB, a major financial institution for the Nordic region, is re-establishing its anti-money laundering program to correct flaws in its processes that resulted in the company paying up to $5.9 million in fines. This is not the first time Nordea has been put in the spotlight for poor ...

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    Canada AML Study Finds Compliance Gaps


    A first-of-its-kind survey on Canadian compliance professionals conducted by Grant Thornton finds significant weaknesses in the AML compliance practices of Canadian companies. Among the findings: many compliance staff are not consistently visiting their overseas locations and rarely tailor their AML training programs to the specific needs of different groups, particularly ...

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    IMF: U.S. Must Tackle Shell Companies, Beneficial Ownership


    A new report from the IMF faults the United States for turning a blind eye to shell companies and unclear beneficial ownership—that is, the parties that really control a company or its related bank accounts, even if they do so behind the scenes. That loose approach, the report says, “creates ...

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    EU AML Directive Fires Starting Pistol on Beneficial Owners Reform


    European financial firms are preparing to implement new anti-money laundering rules that will require reporting about the real owners of the businesses they work with. The rules, intended to help EU governments pursue tax crimes and terrorist financing, “will increase the level of transparency across all transactions,” says Ambrose Loughlin ...

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    FinCEN Fines Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino $75 Mill on AML


    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network this week fined Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, $75 million for “willful and egregious” violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. According to FinCEN, Tinian Dynasty failed to develop and implement policies and procedures designed to ensure anti-money laundering compliance, or to detect suspicious transactions. Details ...

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    Doing God’s Work: Compliance Reform at the Vatican Bank


    Image: The Istituto per le Opere di Religione, commonly known as the Vatican Bank, suffered for decades from poor internal controls and conduct. How has the Holy See tried to recover? Slowly, surely, and with a risk-based approach following international standards. “The expectations are huge in building trust and confidence, ...

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    FCA: Banks Should Rethink Derisking Strategies


    The Financial Conduct Authority warns that banks should rethink their anti-money laundering strategies in light of reports that financial institutions have nixed services to customers that may pose potential money-laundering risks. The agency says, “These policies and procedures must be comprehensive and proportionate to the nature, scale, and complexity of ...

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    Belgium's Robust AML Regime


    While Belgium has made significant progress in tracking down anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financial (AML/CFT) activities, a lot more work needs to be done, says a recent report by the Financial Action Task Force. In April, the European Union approved new draft rules that reflect the need of its member ...

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    Citigroup Probe Over AML Violations Widens


    Citigroup is under investigation by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the California Department of Business Oversight for potential Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering violations at its Banamex USA unit. The disclosure comes one year after Citigroup received a subpoena from the U.S. attorney of Massachusetts for similar issues. ...

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    South Africa Fines Deutsche Bank $857,000 for Lax AML Controls


    South Africa’s banking regulator last week fined Deutsche Bank $857,000 for failing to implement appropriate anti-money laundering controls. Deutsche Bank said in a statement that it acknowledged the inconsistencies and had “cooperated fully in remediating the identified shortcomings within agreed timeframes.” Details inside.

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    Podcast: Casinos Double Down on Anti-Money Laundering Compliance


    Casinos have traditionally had a less-than-stellar track record when it comes to their anti-money laundering efforts. But now, amid increased scrutiny on AML compliance by regulators, the American Gaming Association has released its first-ever AML best practices guidebook. In our latest podcast, we talk to Fred Curry, a principal in ...

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    Regulators Publish Latest Thinking on AML Compliance


    Image: Financial regulators have just updated their examination manual for anti-money laundering compliance, giving financial firms plenty of holiday reading on how they should structure their AML programs. “The big changes are in areas where things have moved forward: virtual currency, prepaid cards, changes in the SAR rules, aggregation for ...

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    Petrobras Creates Risk and Compliance Executive Director Role Amid Bribery Probe


    Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras has created a new position of executive director of governance, risk, and compliance. The move comes as the company faces several investigations for its involvement in a widespread money-laundering scandal.

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    Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Head Resigns


    Brazil’s anti-corruption obstacles continue to escalate, following the resignation this week of the federal government’s head of anti-corruption, amid a corruption probe unfolding against Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras. Hage’s resignation comes as eight engineering and construction companies that held contracts with Petrobras face allegations that they took part in ...

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    Why Anti-Money Laundering Programs Aren’t Just for Banks Anymore


    Image: After years of hunting money launderers by scrutinizing transaction at big banks, regulators are widening their nets to include luxury goods retailers, casinos, technology companies, and others. The Feds are holding more businesses accountable for questionable transactions and pushing those at risk to beef up AML compliance. “All companies, ...

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    U.K. Businesses in Spotlight in Massive Money Laundering Scheme


    Image: Title: ClarkeOct. 22—An investigative report published last week by The Independent revealed that 19 businesses registered in the United Kingdom are under suspicion for involvement in a complex money laundering scheme that cleaned £12.5 billion in illicit money over four years. The report cited corporate secrecy laws that make ...