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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) this week shed new light on the growing mobile financial services sector, publishing a report compiling responses to its 2014 request for information on these services. The CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) on June 11, 2014, regarding mobile financial services. The RFI’s stated purpose was to help the CFPB “understand better the potential for mobile financial services to help underserved consumers – including…
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) this week issued a final rule making a series of changes to its mortgage guidelines for small creditors and creditors in rural and underserved communities. In a series of rulemakings issued pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has applied special standards for mortgages extended by small creditors and creditors operating in rural and underserved communities.  In these rulemakings, the CFPB stated that it likely would revisit its regulatory…
On July 31, 2015 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that enables the CFPB to supervise the biggest nonbank automobile finance companies will take effect, subjecting the auto finance industry to new and unprecedented regulatory scrutiny. Finance companies across the country are bracing for their first CFPB examinations. Given the recent CFPB settlement with one of the biggest finance companies, nonbank auto lenders should pay special attention to fair lending risk as they build out…
On June 15, multiple federal agencies issued a $4.5 million penalty against a local bank that admitted to failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The coordinated enforcement action by multiple agencies and substantial monetary penalty illustrates the significant risks for anti-money laundering compliance for local financial institutions. The coordinated action was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the U.S.…
On June 3, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a $75 million penalty against a Northern Mariana Islands casino for Bank Secrecy Act violations – the largest-ever FinCEN penalty assessed against a casino. FinCEN’s announcement follows an investigation of the casino, Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments, Ltd., d/b/a Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino (Tinian Dynasty), in which the casino was found to lack an anti-money laundering program altogether. FinCEN has regulatory authority…