A Look at Two Recent OCC Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Consent Orders: Lessons Learned
In our examination of two recent OCC BSA/AML consent orders, one with a bank and another with an individual in-house professional, we review the OCC’s allegations underlying the orders and how the OCC focuses on the core pillars of BSA/AML compliance when choosing to pursue enforcement. We also discuss the takeaways for boards and management of financial institutions when accepting higher-risk customers, including digital currency exchanges, and what is the AML liability risk for individuals – including how such risk can be minimized, and the inherent tension between the interests of institutions and their executives and compliance officers. Finally, we discuss how the use of third-party consultants and advisors regarding AML compliance can be a double-edged sword for financial institutions and individuals facing downstream enforcement actions.
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