This Post at a Glance:
- FinCEN imposes $2 million penalty against community bank
- Bank failed to conduct appropriate due diligence related to Mexican customer
- Small banks, other financial institutions need to recognize obligations under Bank Secrecy Act
On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a $2 million fine against Lone Star National Bank, an independent community bank in Texas, for “willfully violating” anti-money laundering (AML) requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). FinCEN, which is part of the U.S. Treasury Department, has a primary role in safeguarding the U.S. financial system against money laundering and other illicit uses.