Banking regulators issued 23 enforcement actions in the first half of 2009 for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering regulations, according to data from Inform/moneylaundering.com. The four agencies issued 20 in the first half of last year and 51 AML actions in all of 2008. Regulatory fines for anti-money laundering (AML) violations, however, lag behind those issued in the first six months of 2008 in dollar terms. A $5.5 million action against Doha Bank was brought jointly by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in April 2009....
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