Record $920 million fine over transactions made in bad faith
It seems that this week has been the one when banks came under scrutiny for wrongdoings. If earlier, we talked about the $2 trillion worth of illicit transactions facilitated by Deutsche Bank, HSBC,JPMorgan – which was fined with almost $1 billion for spoofing, now, Westpac, one of the largest Australian banks, came under the microscope.
The bank has to pay a $920 million fine to AUSTRAC – an Australian regulator that fights financial crime. The decision came after last year, Australian regulators pursued legal action after Westpac failed to report millions of instructions in and out of the country. It turned out that Australia neglected its due diligence when making transfers in and out of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. The transfers indicated to potential child exploitation.
Besides the fine, Westpac admitted having broken the anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws more than 23 million times.
This fine is the largest corporate penalty in the country’s history. The previous record was set in 2018 when the same Westpac admitted that it failed to obey the laws regarding #money laundering and terrorism.
Westpac CEO Peter King stated that the company changed how it supervises transactions and has hired people to specifically oversee the potential financial crimes.
Following the news, Westpac stock price fell 1%. Currently, the share is trading 5.46% higher.
Read about the $2 trillion scandal here!
Sources: edition.cnn.com, finance.yahoo.com
This information is prepared for general circulation. It does not regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation or the particular needs of any recipient.
You should independently evaluate each financial product and consider the suitability of such a financial product, by taking into account your specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs, and by consulting an independent financial adviser as needed, before dealing in any financial products mentioned in this document.
This information may not be published, circulated, reproduced or distributed in whole or in part to any other person without the Company’s prior written consent. Past performance is not always indicative of likely or future performance. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of za.capex.com
JME Financial Services (Pty) Ltd trading as ZA.CAPEX.COM acts as intermediary between the investor and Magnasale Trading Ltd, the counterparty to the contract for difference purchased by the Investor via ZA.CAPEX.COM, authorised & regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission with license number 264/15. Magnasale Trading Ltd is the principal to the CFD purchased by investors.