Tag: AML

January 10, 2023 BY Steffy Bogdanova

FCA fines Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) £7.6 million for AML failures

In the beginning of 2018, GT Bank stopped taking on new customers. Given the FCA’s concerns, the bank agreed to wider voluntary restrictions on business later the same year. These additional requirements remained in place until mid-2021. They were lifted then GT Bank remediation plan, which was checked by an independent third party. The FCA…

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December 09, 2022 BY Steffy Bogdanova

FCA fines Santander UK £107.7 million for recurrent anti-money laundering lapses

Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA, said: Santander’s poor management of their anti-money laundering systems and their inadequate attempts to address the problems created a prolonged and severe risk of money laundering and financial crime. As part of our commitment to prevent and reduce financial crime, we continue to…

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December 14, 2021 BY Steffy Bogdanova

NatWest gets a £264.8 million fine for AML compliance failures

Some of NatWest’s employees who handled these cash deposits shared their suspicions with the bank’s investigative staff but no action was taken. The warning signs included large amounts of Scottish bank notes deposited throughout England, as well as deposits of notes carrying a noticeable musty smell and individuals acting suspiciously when depositing the cash. Moreover,…

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September 24, 2020 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Westpac to pay $1.3 billion fine to settle money laundering charges with AUSTRAC

Rose continued: Westpac’s failure to implement effective transaction monitoring programs, and its failure to submit IFTI reports to AUSTRAC and apply enhanced customer due diligence in relation to suspicious transactions, meant AUSTRAC and law enforcement were missing critical intelligence to support police investigations. In the original statements against Westpac, the Australian watchdog AUSTRAC identified a…

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February 27, 2020 BY Steffy Bogdanova

Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi to consider crypto regulations aligning with FAFT

Financial secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan, announced yesterday in his annual budget speech that he is considering changes of the regulation in the cryptocurrency sector to strengthen the anti-money-laundering (AML) norms and counter-terrorist-financing (CTF) policies. Financial Secretary Chan indicated in his speech that he was following recommendations form global financial regulator, Financial Action Task…

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January 28, 2020 BY Mariela Naydenova

MAS introduces new PSA framework for the crypto sector

The financial regulator in Singapore, the Monetary Authority (MAS) has just announced the introduction of the Payment Services Act (PSA), which aims to serve as the new regulatory framework for cryptocurrency payments. The new framework will promote and boost the consumer confidence in transaction with digital assets, believes the regulator. The legislation was passed in…

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