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FDIC assesses bank $12.5 million BSA penalty

Federal Issues FDIC Enforcement Financial Crimes Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering

Federal Issues

On January 29, the FDIC released a list of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in December. During the month, the FDIC issued 10 orders consisting of “three consent orders, one termination of consent order, three section 19 orders, two removal and prohibition orders and two orders to pay civil money penalties.” Among the orders, the FDIC issued a $12.5 million civil money penalty order against a New York-based bank resolving allegations that the bank violated the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and its implementing regulations from April 2014 through September 2018, including failing to comply with the FDIC’s December 2015 consent order, which required the bank to strengthen its BSA/anti-money laundering oversight. The $12.5 million civil money penalty is reflective of the “the financial resources and good faith of the [bank], the gravity of the violations by the [bank], the history of previous violations by the [bank], and such other matters[.]”

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