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12/08/2016

Switzerland gets good FATF report

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has released its 2016 mutual evaluation report of Switzerland’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) system. The report indicates overall, Switzerland’s AML/CFT regime is technically robust and has achieved good results. It would still benefit from some improvements in order to be fully effective. The full report (241 pages) and an executive summary (11 pages) are available.

12/08/2016

OFAC sanctions al-Qa'ida supporters

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action on Wednesday to disrupt the financial and support networks of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Specifically, OFAC designated AQAP facilitators Al-Hasan Ali Ali Abkar (Abkar) and Abdallah Faysal Sadiq al-Ahdal (al-Ahdal), as well as a purported charity managed by al-Ahdal, the Rahmah Charitable Organization, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. See our OFAC Update for further information.

12/05/2016

Bureau warns some tax refunds will be delayed

An article on the CFPB Blog explains why a new law will cause some refund claims on an individual tax return to be delayed. Tips for filing a return and managing for a refund delay were also provided.

12/05/2016

OFAC sanctions supporters of North Korean government

In response to North Korea’s September 2016 nuclear test, ongoing prohibited development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and continued violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs), the U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated 16 entities and seven individuals for their ties to the Government of North Korea or its nuclear and weapons proliferation efforts and identified 16 aircraft blocked as property of a designated entity. The targets include individuals and companies from North Korea's transportation, mining, energy and financial services industries. As a result of this action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within the United States must be blocked. Additionally, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving the designated persons and listed aircraft.

For additional information on these actions, see our OFAC Update.

12/02/2016

FATF report faults U.S. AML/CFT measures

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has published its December 2016 mutual evaluation report of United States anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) measures. The report noted the U.S. has a robust anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime through which it effectively investigates and prosecutes these crimes. However, the system has serious gaps in the country's legal framework that impede timely access to beneficial ownership information. The report also notes other significant gaps, including minimal coverage of investment advisers, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, trust and company service providers (other than trust companies).

12/02/2016

December FedFocus on malware

The December 2016 issue of FedFocus features an article to help institutions close the door on malware. Other topics discussed include same day ACH, a year-end review of FEDucation, and the Fed Facts year one wrap-up.

12/01/2016

NCUA prohibition notices issued

The NCUA has announced it issued in November four notices of prohibition to individuals who have been convicted of crimes of dishonesty and, as a result, are prohibited from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution.

11/30/2016

Counterfeit official checks on Ohio bank

Alert 2016-11 has been issued by the OCC regarding counterfeit official checks bearing the name of Century National Bank, a division of Park National Bank, Zanesville, Ohio. Details from the OCC’s alert can be found in our November 29, 2016, Alert.

11/30/2016

Comptroller’s Handbook revised

The OCC has issued Bulletin 2016-42 to announce the revision of the "Bank Premises and Equipment” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. The revised booklet updates statutory and regulatory citations to reflect changes since “Bank Premises and Equipment” was last published and the integration of the Office of Thrift Supervision into the OCC and provides revised examination procedures.

11/28/2016

Supplement to Final Rule barring FBME Bank

FinCEN has announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has remanded to FinCEN a Final Rule issued under Section 311 that would have severed FBME Bank Ltd. from the U.S. financial system. In its memorandum opinion, the court stated that FinCEN had not meaningfully responded to FBME’s comments regarding FinCEN’s treatment of aggregate Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) data. FinCEN today submitted for publication in the Federal Register a Supplement to the Final Rule that responds to FBME’s comments.

UPDATE: FinCEN Supplement, published in December 1, 2016, Federal Register

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