FCA fines Al Rayan Bank nearly $5M for AML failings

Al Rayan Bank

The U.K.’s financial regulator fined Al Rayan Bank more than 4 million pounds (U.S. $4.9 million) for its lack of adequate anti-money laundering controls.

Between April 2015 and November 2017, Al Rayan—a subsidiary of Masraf Al Rayan, a Qatar-based Islamic bank—allowed money to pass through the bank without adequately checking customers’ source of wealth or source of funds—two basic requirements to ensure money is not connected to financial crime.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also found an increased possibility of money laundering and financial crime risk because staff were not properly trained about the risks associated with accepting large deposits.

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