Compliance officers face challenges anytime two financial institutions merge. But when one bank buys up the assets and the problems of a failed competitor, the hurdles can exponentially increase.
Bank of New York Mellon and the Russian government finalized an expected settlement Thursday of a lawsuit that had sought $22.5 billion for tax revenue lost to a money laundering scheme.
A former U.S. Treasury Department official who oversaw the nation's sanctions program and financial intelligence unit only to take a senior position at Merrill Lynch is returning to government service.
Facing layoffs and market turmoil, some former and current anti-money laundering officers are turning to the one place they believe will offer them stable income and job security: the United States government.
John Byrne, a fixture at anti-money laundering conferences, is no longer with Bank of America as of Thursday, according to a bank spokeswoman.
When financial institutions suspect an employee of fraud or abuse often their first instinct is to simply file a suspicious activity report with regulators and move to the next issue. But a SAR should be filed only after the financial institution has contacted law enforcement directly, experts say.
The FDIC, in its Ombudsman report issued Sept. 5, said it is working with other federal financial regulatory agencies to develop a tool that will allow banks to more easily check job candidates against their various lists of individuals who have been fined or sanctioned.
A federal judge ordered BIV to pay a former employee accused of money laundering more than $3.5 million as compensation for attorneys fees and creditors. Moreover, BIV could be obligated to pay even more, if a lawsuit filed by the employee, who was exonerated, succeeds.