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First Data settles with FTC for $40.2M
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Atlanta-based First Data Merchant Services LLC — one of the biggest payment processing companies — and its former executive will pay more than $40.2 million to settle Commission charges that they knowingly processed payments and laundered, or assisted laundering of, credit card transactions for scams that targeted hundreds of thousands of consumers. A complaint filed by the FTC alleged First Data ignored repeated warnings from employees, banks, and others that Chi “Vincent” Ko, through his company that served as an independent sales agent (ISO) for First Data, was laundering, and First Data was assisting and facilitating laundering, payments for companies that were breaking the law over a number of years. Ko was later hired as an executive at First Data.