Today, IAWatch revisited the case of Thomas Haider, a former CCO at MoneyGram, who was assessed a $1 million civil money penalty by FinCEN. In 2012 MoneyGram paid a $100 million dollar fine for fraud against its customers. In 2014, “FinCEN assessed a $1 million civil monetary penalty against Haider based on his alleged willful failure to ensure that MoneyGram (1) implemented and maintained an effective AML, and (2) filed timely SARs.” This was the first time the government has tried to hold a Chief Compliance Officer personally responsible for their employer’s failings. Haider’s attorneys tried to have the case dismissed but the judge threw aside the arguments and the case is going to trial.
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