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FMA slaps Craigs over AML failures

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has issued a formal warning to Craigs Investment Partners for breaches of anti-money laundering rules.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, 10:02AM 1 Comment

Under the AML/CFT Act reporting entities are required to conduct enhanced due diligence on clients where the level of risk involved is such that this higher standard of customer due diligence should apply.

Craigs admits that it breached the AML/CFT Act in that it failed to conduct adequate enhanced due diligence and/or failed to terminate its business relationship with a client when it had been unable to complete the required level of customer due diligence on that client.

In the FMA’s view, there were deficiencies with Craigs’ AML/CFT compliance programme following the introduction of the AML/CFT Act on June 30, 2013 in that it did not contain a cohesive process for escalating, monitoring and managing AML/CFT issues and ensuring compliance with the AML/CFT compliance programme and Craigs had not maintained sufficient written records in relation to the due diligence process.

The FMA acknowledges that since 2014 Craigs has taken steps to significantly improve its AML/CFT compliance programme and has also introduced a range of initiatives which will reduce the chances of similar breaches occurring in the future.

Craigs has also agreed to appoint an independent party to identify any further areas that may assist with the continued improvement of its AML/CFT compliance programme.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement can be found here.

Tags: AML Craigs Investment Partners FMA

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Comments from our readers

On 3 May 2016 at 11:05 am LNF said:
What am I missing here.

They have been taken to task for not taking measures of due diligence.

Yet all the while we have this huge Panama Papers issue and there seems to be a stance from the powers that be that it is all OK to shove their head up their rear end and it will all be fine.

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