Casino employee fined by FinCEN over anti-money laundering compliance issues

Tweet The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“) has fined a former manger of a US casino over anti-money laundering compliance violations. According to the Wall Street Journal, George Que, a former manger of VIP services at Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, assisted high rollers at the casino to gamble outside of the Bank Secrecy Act […]

FINRA ramps up anti-money laundering compliance actions at securities firms

Tweet The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA“) announced today that it filed a  Complaint against Wedbush Securities Inc. for alleged egregious and systemic anti-money laundering compliance infractions. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Risk & Compliance Journal, FINRA has made enforcement of securities anti-money laundering a priority. According to securities firms in Toronto, so have […]

PwC settles with New York bank regulator over anti-money laundering and sanctions advice

Tweet The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS“) has announced that it has entered into a settlement with the advisory firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers Regulatory Advisory Services (“PwC“) over anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance advice it provided to the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (“Bank of Tokyo“). PwC is suspended for two years from accepting consulting […]

New beneficial ownership rules in the US to require disclosure of shareholders of private entities in a move towards G20/G8 financial transparency

Tweet New Beneficial Ownership Rules FinCEN has released draft rules under the Bank Secrecy Act to identify the legal and beneficial shareholders (the natural persons) of private corporate entities (also known as legal persons). In other words – the disclosure of natural persons involved in all legal persons. The rule will take effect within a year after […]

Standard Chartered Plc completing massive “look back” program

Tweet Months of Look Backs Required By Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., Financial Crime and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Follow @cduhaime According to this article in Reuters, as a result of non-functioning anti-money laundering software, Standard Chartered Plc will be undertaking the monumental task of reviewing millions of processed transactions to determine if such transactions should have […]

Aligning FATCA with the AML compliance regime

Tweet It has been noted by US officials that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA“), 26 USC Ch. 4, is not only one of the most significant pieces of US legislation for financial institutions, asset managers and foreign residents, it is also one of the most legally complex and technical that “will spawn significant enforcement activity […]

Silk Road owner arrested over money laundering charges and allegations of ordering hit on man from Canada

Tweet Ross Ulbricht, allegedly the ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and owner of the website Silk Road, was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco today at a public library and his popular website was shut down. Silk Road was an Internet-based website that accepted Bitcoin. Ulbricht was charged with money laundering conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and drug […]

Lawyer subject to sanctions by U.S. for support to listed drug kingpins

Tweet Lawyer added to OFAC List The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated a lawyer, Jose Antonio Nunez Bedoya, to its Specially Designated Nationals List (“SDNL“). Mr. Bedoya was added to the SDNL for incorporating several companies on behalf of members of Mexican organized crime, the Sinaloa Cartel, in an effort allegedly to create front […]

Canadian charity may have indirectly funded terrorism

Tweet A Canada Revenue Agency audit of a Mississauga, Ontario charity called Islamic Society of North America Development Foundation has raised concerns that more than $280,000 was raised by the charity for terrorist financing in Pakistan. Pursuant to the audit, CRA is concerned that the funds were diverted to Hizbul Mujahideen, a group that seeks […]

CBSA at Vancouver airport seize $15 million in undeclared funds in a year

Tweet According to this article in the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver airport tops the country with the most seizures of unreported currency by travellers, with over $15 million intercepted in one year. Most of the persons entering or departing the country with undeclared currency originate or are travelling to, China. Under the Proceeds of Crime […]