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OCC releases recent enforcement actions

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues OCC Enforcement Compliance Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering Customer Due Diligence

On July 20, the OCC released a list of recent enforcement actions taken against national banks, federal savings associations, and individuals currently and formerly affiliated with such entities. Among the enforcement actions is a formal agreement with a California-based bank to update its BSA/AML compliance program. According to the agreement, the OCC identified deficiencies and violations relating to the bank’s compliance with BSA/AML laws and regulations. Among other things, the bank agreed to establish a compliance committee and revise its adherence to appropriate policies and procedures for collecting customer due diligence “when opening new accounts, when renewing or modifying existing accounts for customers, and when the [b]ank obtains event-driven information indicating that it needs to obtain updated customer due diligence information.” The bank also agreed to institute an “enhanced written risk-based program of internal controls and processes” to ensure an appropriate review of BSA/AML suspicious activity.