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Fed issues enforcement order for BSA/AML and OFAC regulation compliance

Federal Issues Federal Reserve Enforcement OFAC Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

Federal Issues

On October 1, the Federal Reserve announced an enforcement action against a Pennsylvania state-chartered bank for deficiencies in the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), anti-money laundering (AML), and U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. The order requires the bank to submit, among other things, (i) a board-approved, written plan to improve oversight of BSA/AML requirements and OFAC regulations; (ii) a written BSA/AML compliance program; (iii) a revised customer due diligence program; (iv) a written suspicious activity monitoring and reporting program; and (iv) a written plan for independent testing of compliance with BSA/AML requirements. The bank was not assessed any monetary penalties.

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