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USAA Is Fined $140 Million For Bad Money Laundering Control

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USAA Is Fined $140 Million For Bad Money Laundering Control


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Despite repeated warnings, regulators claim the bank, which primarily serves U.S. military personnel, failed to keep track of its customers’ questionable actions. After acknowledging it failed to modify an antimoney laundering programme that authorities described as “rudimentary” and understaffed, USAA Federal Savings Bank has agreed to pay $140 million.

USAA Is Fined $140 Million

According to the US Treasury Department, the bank, which caters to military troops and their families, wilfully failed to create and maintain an antimoney laundering programme that met the standards of the Bank Secrecy Act. Separate civil penalties levied by the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency were included in the fine.

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The agencies stated that they worked together on the agreement. According to FinCEN, USAA’s antimoney laundering breaches happened between January 2016 and April 2021. According to the government, USAA neglected to file at least 3,873 complaints regarding suspicious conduct by its clients, including some who allegedly utilised their personal accounts for criminal activity.

“As its customer base and revenue grew in recent years, USAA FSB willfully failed to ensure that its compliance programme kept pace, resulting in millions of dollars in suspicious transactions flowing through the US financial system without proper reporting,” FinCEN acting director Himamauli Das said on Thursday.USAA stated that it was cooperating with authorities.

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USAA Is Fined $140 Million For Bad Money Laundering Control

“While the deficiencies revealed in these orders did not result in any particular member injury,” Chief Executive Wayne Peacock said, “We realise the importance of these criteria.” “Compliance is a top and urgent concern that is critical to providing the best quality of service to our members.

The bank, based in San Antonio, serves roughly 13 million customers with retail deposit and consumer lending products. According to a consent decree filed Thursday, the OCC first notified USAA in 2017 that its antimoney laundering programme had severe flaws.

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According to FinCEN, the bank made a commitment in 2018 to overhaul its compliance programme, including developing adequate customer due to diligence and risk identification processes, but has yet to meet those deadlines. The compliance department at USAA was severely understaffed at the time of the violations, and the company relied primarily on third-party contractors, according to the agency.

In 2018, the bank did an assessment and discovered that it required 178 full-time permanent posts to staff its compliance division. According to FinCEN, the bank has 62 empty positions as of early 2021, including the chief of its financial intelligence unit.

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