January 17, 2018 / 11:38 PM / 4 months ago

Fed fines Taiwan's Mega Bank $29 million for anti-money laundering failures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve Board said on Wednesday it had fined Taiwan’s Mega International Commercial Bank Co. $29 million for anti-money laundering violations and required the company to improve its anti-money laundering oversight and controls.

A man walks past a bureau of Mega International Commercial Bank in Taipei, Taiwan August 23, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The Fed said its most recent 2016 inspection of the Taiwanese bank revealed “significant deficiencies” at its U.S. banking operations risk management and compliance controls relating to anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws. The bank operates branches in New York, Illinois and California.

New York state authorities in 2016 slapped Mega International Commercial Bank with a $180 million fine for violations that included lax attention to risk exposure in Panama, the first time in a decade that a Taiwan-based financial institution had been penalized by U.S. authorities.

Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Sandra Maler

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