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FinCEN Director: Casinos Must Report Suspicious Transactions, Including Suspect Use of Cryptocurrencies

America’s federal financial crimes enforcement agency, FinCEN, has noticed “a gap” in the reporting of illicit use of cryptocurrencies at casinos and card clubs in recent years, the agency’s director told attendees at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference this week. Director Kenneth A…. Read More

Dutch Finance Ministry “Intensifying” Cryptocurrency and Anti-Money Laundering Rules Ahead of FATF Evaluation in 2021

The Dutch Finance Ministry and Ministry of Justice have vowed to regulate cryptocurrencies as part of the Netherland’s comprehensive new plan to combat money-laundering in the region. “Our goal is to guarantee an honest and safe financial system,” co-authors Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra and Minister… Read More

FinCEN Director: Agency Receiving 1500 Reports of Suspicious Transactions Involving Cryptocurrencies Per Month

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco told an audience at the  NYU Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement earlier this month that his agency is receiving 1500 reports of suspicious transactions involving cryptocurrencies per month- 500 more than it receives regarding regular transactions. Blanco has… Read More

FinCEN Slams Venezuela’s Attempt to Circumvent Sanctions with El Petro Crypto, Warns Maduro Regime Against Corruption, Money Laundering and More

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an updated advisory to warn financial institutions of continued widespread public corruption in Venezuela. This is part of an ongoing effort to isolate the Maduro regime who recently lost a popular election but has refused to leave… Read More

FinCEN Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies, Posts New Advisory on Threats Associated with Misuse

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued guidance entitled, Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Certain Business Models Involving Convertible Virtual Currencies (CVC). FinCEN is the enforcement branch of the US Department of Treasury. The guidance issued today does not establish any new regulatory expectations…. Read More

FinCEN Fines and Bars Independent Cryptocurrency Exchanger

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), part of the US Department of Treasury, has fined the operator of a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading service $35,350 USD and barred him from money-transmitting, “for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) registration, program, and reporting requirements.” In a release… Read More

Prolific 22-Year-Old Unlicensed Bitcoins Dealer Sentenced to Two Years Imprisonment

Jacob Burrell Campos, 22, from Rosarito, Mexico, has been sentenced to two years in prison and will forfeit $823,357 “in illicit profits” after being convicted of running an unlicensed money transmission business, that, “…(sold) hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin to over 1,000 customers throughout… Read More

Florida Granted Right to Appeal Previously Dismissed Case Against LocalBitcoins Trader

The State of Florida has been granted the right to appeal Judge Theresa May Pooler’s dismissal of a case of alleged unlicensed money transmission brought against a LocalBitcoins trader called Michell Espinosa. In 2013, Espinosa became the focus of a sting operation for “operating an… Read More

Treasury Department “Reinvigorating” Illicit Finance Countermeasures, Including Controls on Iran and Cryptocurrencies

US Department of the Treasury Under Secretary, Sigal Mandelker, told attendees of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference this week that she expects to cooperate with financial institutions to enhance their illicit finance countermeasures: “We encourage the private sector…to stay proactive and to innovate with new… Read More

Blockchain Perhaps? OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FinCEN & NCUA Encourage Banks to Innovate When it Comes to AML/BSA Compliance

Multiple federal agencies have come together to encourage banks to innovate when it comes to compliance. The statement is part of a governmental working group that has been created to collaborate between some of the financial regulatory entities. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

As US Withdraws from Nuclear Deal, FinCEN Warns of Possible Increase in Iran’s “Illicit” Use of Finance Networks, Including Crypto

The American Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory warning that Iranian state actors may escalate their attempts to move money in and out of the country through “illicit” channels (including cryptocurrencies) once the US completes its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Read More

House of Representatives Passes FinCEN Bill that Targets Virtual Currencies

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The House of Representatives has approved the “FinCEN Improvement Act of 2018,” sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (HR 6411). The bill was passed on a voice vote indicating strong bi-partisan support in the House. The legislation requires the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (or… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Addresses Tough Topic of Cryptocurrency, Attorney Joshua Klayman Adds Insight to Topics Discussed

This week, at an event in Chicago that focused on legal questions swirling around the emerging cryptocurrency industry, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco delivered a much anticipated speech regarding his agency’s thoughts on digital assets and virtual currencies. FinCEN is part of the US Department of… Read More

House Bill Empowers FinCEN to Target Cryptocurrency Use & Terrorism, Raises Concern from Blockchain Innovators

There is a new bill that has been introduced into the House Financial Services Committee that is targeting “virtual currencies” and terrorism. Sponsored by Representative Ed Perlmutter, HR 6411 or the “FinCEN Improvement Act of 2018” appears to expand the reach of FinCEN which is the… Read More

AML and Sanctions Compliance Issues Facing Cryptocurrency Companies

Over the past few years, continued advancements in the payments industry and financial services technology have significantly expanded the way money financial transactions are processed and managed.  Banks and payment and technology firms are accelerating efforts to innovate and adapt financial services alternatives to meet… Read More

US Department of Treasury Letter: Virtual Currency Services Must Register as Money Services Businesses

The US Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), recently sent a letter to US Senator Ron Wyden clarifying its stance on cryptocurrency exchanges that these entities must register as Money Services Businesses (MSBs). While the letter from FinCEN signed by Assistant Secretary for… Read More

Comments Due for US Treasury Proposal to Add Compliance & Cost to Crowdfunding Portals

FinCEN, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, has proposed changing the regulatory definition of a “broker or dealer in securities.”  The proposed amendment will impact crowdfunding portals as created under the JOBS Act of 2012.  According to FinCEN; “these amendments would require funding… Read More

The Reason Treasury Wants Crowdfunding Portals to Be More Like Broker Dealers: Turf

Last month the US Department of Treasury, Division of Financial Crimes and Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced a proposed rule change that will impact Reg CF crowdfunding portals. Now the concept of a crowdfunding portal is a new approach that was legalized under the JOBS Act… Read More

US Treasury Publishes Suspicious Activity Report Highlighting Crowdfunding Scams & Frauds

The US Department of Treasury, via its FinCen or Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, is ringing warning bells when it comes to rewards based crowdfunding. FinCen notes a rise in “suspicious activity reports” (SARs). In a report published this past week, FinCen spotlighted rewards based crowdfunding… Read More

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