Sumitomo Mitsui Enters into Agreement with New York FRB for BSA/AML Deficiencies

On April 23, 2019, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRB-NY), entered into a consent agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (the Bank) and the Bank's New York Branch (the Branch) for significant deficiencies in the Branch's Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance program. Sumitomo is a foreign bank based in Tokyo and operates a [...]

April 26th, 2019|

Texas Bank Issued Cease and Desist Order for BSA/AML Deficiencies

Commercial State Bank, a $676 million bank in Andrews, Texas, has been issued a Consent Cease and Desist Order by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Texas Department of Banking  for significant deficiencies in the bank’s risk management and compliance with Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The bank was directed [...]

January 16th, 2019|

OCC Announces $100 Million Penalty Against Capital One Bank for BSA/AML Deficiencies

On October 23, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced $100 million in civil money penalties against Capital One Bank based on deficiencies in the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance program. The penalties are linked to Capital One’s failure to adequately respond to a 2015 Cease and Desist Order [...]

October 24th, 2018|

FinCEN Publishes Additional FAQs for New CDD Rule

On April 3, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a long-awaited update to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions. The questions are about Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions, published on May 11, 2016, as amended on September 29, 2017. FinCEN is labeling it the CDD Rule. The [...]

April 9th, 2018|

Optimizing a Community Bank’s AML Alert Monitoring System

ADI was engaged by a community bank client to help refine its AML transaction monitoring system, with the goal of improving effectiveness and efficiency in generating alerts of suspicious activity. ADI executed a multi-phase analysis plan to develop, test and implement changes to the system that enhanced the performance of the AML monitoring system, satisfying [...]

June 20th, 2017|

West Virginia Community Bank to forfeit $1.36M for BSA violations

On March 1, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a forfeiture action on First National Bank of Williamson in the amount of $1.36 million related to violations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The action concerned structuring transactions that occurred between April 2006 and November 2008. The subject customer admitted in court that the [...]

March 9th, 2017|

Western Union To Pay $586M for AML Violations and Consumer Fraud

Western Union, the largest money service business in the world, agreed to a half-billion dollar settlement over charges they failed to protect customers from fraud and permitted their agents to illegally launder money for customers. Western Union will pay a $586 million fine after pleading guilty to charges of willfully failing to run an effective anti-money laundering [...]

January 30th, 2017|

A New Direction for State AML Compliance Roadmaps

Federal anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, rooted in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and USA PATRIOT Act, have long required financial institutions to maintain internal control systems to assure compliance, provide for independent testing, designate individuals responsible for compliance and provide training for all appropriate personnel. Moving beyond this federal BSA/AML framework, the New York State [...]

October 18th, 2016|