For an industry caught between state and federal law, a change can’t come soon enough.
Author Rob Rowe
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is withdrawing its proposed rulemaking to impose special measures against Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL (LCB).
The Departments of the Treasury and Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building on changes announced by President Obama in December.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on July 14 released a statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in coordination with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL), issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) for South Florida, requiring check cashers to ask for additional identifying information about customers cashing tax refund checks over $1,000.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary held in Brisbane, Australia on June 26 adopted a number of reports including a revised best practices on combating the abuse of non-profit organization, and guidance for a risk-based approach to virtual currencies.
The Justice Department announced last week that four banks — Société Générale Private Banking (Lugano-Svizzera), MediBank AG, LBBW (Schweiz) AG, and Scobag Privatbank AG — have reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program.
In remarks at the 2015 Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) associate director of enforcement, Stephanie Brooker, focused on three main points: the importance of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings; FinCEN’s enforcement approach; and promoting a strong culture of compliance in the financial industry.
In a comment letter filed this week, ABA and the Clearing House expressed their support to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s goal on protecting the U.S. financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crimes, but offered suggestions on FinCEN’s proposal to impose special measures against Banca Privada d’Andorra.
Thirty-two people involved in a racketeering enterprise that spanned from California, Minnesota, Ohio, and Puerto Rico have been arrested on fraud and money laundering charges.