Tag Archives | FinCEN

J.P. Morgan’s Madoff Failure

Yesterday J.P. Morgan agreed to forfeit $1.7 billion for its failure related to the Bernie Madoff fraud, plus several hundred million in fines. As part its deferred prosecution agreement, the bank agreed that it did not have the proper systems in place to catch Madoff. It’s easy to target the bank for compliance failures but […]

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Suspicious Activity Reports and Private Funds

Over the years, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has required banks, brokers, and other financial entities to officially report suspicious activities of its customers. Investment advisers and private fund managers have managed to sty outside the requirements. In large part, that’s because a fund’s custodial accounts are already subject to the self-policing. since the […]

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Mortgage Fraud Rises in 2011

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network released its full year 2011 update (.pdf) of mortgage loan fraud reported suspicious activity reports. It  reveals a 31% increase in submission.It also shows some of the trends that lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Financial institutions submitted 92,028 MLF SARs in 2011, compared to 70,472 submitted in 2010. Financial […]

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New Anti-Money Laundering Requirements for Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders and Originators

Private Equity has been siting on the fringes of Anti-money laundering regulation for many years. It’s still illegal to be involved in money laundering and fund managers should be taking some steps to protect themselves and to identify problems. There’s just no set script. FinCEN is supposedly working on a new rule. In the meantime, […]

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Changes Coming With Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

James H. Freis, Jr., Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, let us know that his agency is working on anti-money laundering requirements for investment advisers. At a November 15, 2011 speech at the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association’s Money Laundering Enforcement Conference he highlighted many of the issues of money-laundering in the various financial […]

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Anti-Money Laundering Obligations For Private Funds

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Treasury’s financial intelligence unit has been trying to impose anti-money laundering obligations on private funds for years. On September 26, 2002, FinCEN issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, proposing to require unregistered investment companies to establish and implement anti-money laundering programs. (Anti-Money Laundering Programs for Unregistered Investment Companies, 67 FR […]

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Egypt, Mubarak and Politically Exposed Persons

Egypt’s top prosecutor requested the freezing of the foreign assets of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family. I expect that is one step in trying to figure out how much of Mubarak’s fortune was derived from corruption. I’ve read reports that his assets could be worth $3 billion and upwards of $70 billion. That […]

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New Anti-Money Laundering Guidance

Money Laundering is bad and financial institutions need to have internal controls policies, procedures and processes to identify higher-risk accounts and monitor the activity. At the core of an anti-money laundering program is that an institution must know its customers and the risks presented by its customers. The program becomes more difficult when the customer […]

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FinCEN and Address Confidentiality Programs

How do you open a bank account when you are hiding from domestic violence? The rules implementing the Bank Secrecy Act require a financial institution to implement a Customer Identification Program that includes procedures that enable it to form a reasonable belief that it knows the true identity of its customers. The rules also require […]

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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2008 Annual Report

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 2008 Annual Report (.pdf) has been released. Outcome Goal 1: Financial systems resistant to abuse by money launderers, terrorists and their financial supporters, and other perpetrators of financial crime Outcome Goal 2: Detection and deterrence of money laundering, terrorism financing, and other illicit activity. Outcome Goal 3: Efficient management, safeguarding, […]

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