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FDIC releases July enforcement actions

Federal Issues FDIC Enforcement Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering

Federal Issues

On August 28, the FDIC released a list of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in July. During the month, the FDIC issued nine orders, consisting of “one consent order under 8(b) [of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act], one order of prohibition under 8(e) [of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act], six Section 19 orders, and one order terminating deposit insurance.”  The consent order, issued against a New Jersey state bank, relates to alleged weaknesses in its Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance program. Among other things, the bank was ordered to (i) increase its supervision and direction of its BSA/AML policies, procedures, and processes to ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations; (ii) implement a revised BSA compliance program to address BSA/AML deficiencies, including improvements in suspicious activity monitoring and reporting and in customer due diligence; (iii) implement an effective BSA training program for appropriate personnel regarding specific compliance responsibilities; (iv) review and analyze Office of Foreign Assets Control-issued regulations to ensure timely and complete compliance; (v) conduct a look back review to ensure certain reportable transactions and suspicious activities were appropriately identified and reported; and (vi) establish a directors’ BSA/AML compliance committee.

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