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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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