Recent news from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) reminds us of the importance of having a solid anti-money laundering (AML) compliance program. A well-known financial services company was fined $17 million for not having sufficient processes that could enable them “properly prevent or detect, investigate, and report suspicious activity.”
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While the organization significantly grew over a short period of time, its procedures failed to keep up. As a result, certain suspicious activity went undetected and therefore could not be investigated. The financial intuition also failed to “establish and maintain an adequate” customer identification program (CIP), which requires broker-dealers to “obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.”
$17 million is a big hit to a company of any size, not to mention to a company that’s been reprimanded in the past for similar issues. Key takeaway? Make sure you’re in compliance at all times.
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