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Ask The Experts – Why Do Banks Keep Closing My MSB Account?

Ask The Experts – Why Do Banks Keep Closing My MSB Account?

Posted on: October 25th, 2021 by Julie

MSB bank account closures are avoidable. These are the most common reasons why a bank will close down an MSB account. COMMON REASONS FOR MSB BANK CLOSURES Outdated BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program Deficient Independent Review Insufficient Recordkeeping  Improper CRT/SAR Filing Outdated BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program  The BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program must be risk-based, satisfy the five anti-money laundering […]

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Ask The Experts – Why Does My Bank Request a Third Party Independent Review Every Year?

Ask The Experts – Why Does My Bank Request a Third Party Independent Review Every Year?

Posted on: August 19th, 2021 by Julie

Most banks will request an Independent Review from their Money Services Business clients annually. Here is the reason why… Banks, just like check cashers, money transmitters and other MSBs, are audited frequently. However, banks are audited by government entities. GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AUDITING BANKS Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation […]

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Ask The Experts – What is a Risk Assessment and Do I Need One?

Ask The Experts – What is a Risk Assessment and Do I Need One?

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 by Julie

A risk assessment is a document or matrix that will identify your risk exposure. Risk exposure should include factors such as: Customer Base Products Offered Regulatory Requirements Operational Risk Geographic Location – including High Intensity Financial Crime Areas (HIFCA) and High Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) A BSA/AML/OFAC compliance program must be commensurate with risk and […]

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Building An Anti Money Laundering Program

Building An Anti Money Laundering Program

Posted on: September 16th, 2020 by Julie

An Anti Money Laundering (AML) Program is a set of policies, procedures and internal controls designed to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. If you are a business that provides money services, you will need an AML Program to satisfy regulators, avoid costly fines and prevent criminal punishment.   MONEY SERVICES BUSINESS An organization that provides […]

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Don’t Overlook Transaction Monitoring: Early Detection & Correction Parameters Allow for Effective Analysis

Don’t Overlook Transaction Monitoring: Early Detection & Correction Parameters Allow for Effective Analysis

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by Julie

As a part of the independent review process and ongoing compliance requirements, transaction monitoring is something that is often overlooked by Money Services Businesses (MSBs). The fundamentals of transaction monitoring are implemented systems to identify and protect institutions from transactions that are not compliant with The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Office […]

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