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Reducing the burden of compliance for banks
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The fight against money laundering is a truly infinite one as institutions are forced to play catch-up with ever more creative ways to legitimise the proceeds of crime. Financial institutions, online gaming operations and merchants, both online and offline, handling high-value transactions are but the front line in identifying and stemming the flow of illicit funds.

The complex challenges posed by the identification of fraud and criminal activity, as well as the oft huge sums involved affect huge institutions and smaller outfits alike.A case in point are the two cases involving the Citigroup owned Banco Nacional de Mexico, with a $400 million fraud uncovered in 2014 and the 2015 levying of a $140 million fine against Banamex USA, the smaller California and Texas based subsidiary for a systemic failure to enact a qualified and knowledgeable hierarchy to detect and report illegal or suspicious activity.

In the former case, the blame was laid squarely on the bank’s employees and executives, with a number directly involved in aiding and abetting the procurement of a loan that could have not been repaid, by processing falsified documentation, whereas others had simply not acted or taken any measures to prevent the situation.

In the Banamex USA case however, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and California’s Dept of Business Oversight found that the bank simply did not have the correct structure or knowledge to monitor transactions and client accounts, leading to the aforementioned fine and ultimately to the closure of operations.

These are, sadly, far from isolated cases and numerous parallels can be drawn with other cases involving banks of all sizes over the past few years, including the multi-billion dollar fines for breaches of AML regulations levied onto HSBC and BNP Paribas in 2012 and 2014..

If banks, expected to be the leading experts in account and transaction handling are far from immune of cases of oversight, structural deficiencies and internal collusion, how can smaller operations, and non-strictly financial ones, as are gambling operations, as highlighted by the EU’s 4th AML directive be expected to comply with the risk-based legislative requirements, all the while managing their exposure by June 2017?

The brains behind crime and fraud are a far cry from the image we have inherited of the thugs behind the Prohibition-era Chicago launderettes that give rise to the term, and are deploying technology and financial wizardry in ever-increasing levels of complexity in an attempt to circumvent and elude controls and reporting.

In a case of fighting fire with fire, the Aqubix KYC Portal is a fully fledged solution that handles customers prior to on-boarding, with full due diligence checks and monitors, independently of jurisdiction or industry of operations, with seamless integration with any number of third party screening services, existing customer management platforms and internal databases.

Additionally, via the in-built transaction monitoring and analysis module, KYC Portal allows for the real-time identification of individually anomalous or suspicious transactions, where these differ from the assigned pattern for the individual customer account, customer type profile or expected volume and frequency based on predetermined ranges.

Running in the background, the KYCP transaction monitor links seamlessly with the operator’s data warehouses and queries and assesses all volumes round the clock, notifying when thresholds are triggered.

Already proven to be invaluable within nation-wide bank use case scenarios, the infinitely scalable nature of KYC Portal translates into the first effective monitoring and prevention tool that is within the economically feasible and operationally intuitive reach of operators of all sizes and scope, including those without a dedicated technology department backing up the finance operation.

For more information on how KYC Portal can do away with your compliance headaches, visit kycportal.aqubix.com or get in touch with our sales team on sales@aqubix.com

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