US FINES MEGA ICBC NT$5.7B FOR VIOLATING MONEY LAUNDERING RULES|涉違洗錢法 兆豐銀遭美重罰57億台幣 | 公視新聞網 PNN

US FINES MEGA ICBC NT$5.7B FOR VIOLATING MONEY LAUNDERING RULES|涉違洗錢法 兆豐銀遭美重罰57億台幣

Mega International Commercial Bank Holding's New York branch, has been fined NT$ 5.7 billion for violation of the United States' money laundering regulations. Mega Bank emphasized that it was because in recent years, the US has moved to counteract flow of foreign funds into bank as a counter-terrorism measure, thus its money laundering requirements are more stringent, than previously, hence the fine. On Aug. 19, The New York State Department of Financial Services announced that it had imposed a US$180 million fine on Mega Bank's New York branch. The branch was judged to have breached the US' Bank Secrecy Act. The fine is approximately NT$ 5.7 billion. The parent bank has called on all management staff for an explanation. ==CHEN SUNG-HSIN Mega Financial Holding Co Vice President == We are not involved any money-laundering. It is due to this year's new federal regulations being more stringent than the previous United States money laundering act and regulations. So we had no way to meet it's upgrading and specification requirements, so therefore we have been fined. Mega Financial Holding Co executives repeatedly stressed that there was no involvement in money laundering, but they had failed to inform the US of capital flows as regulations require. It is understood that last year from January through March, the New York State Department of Financial Services undertook a general business inspection and found that in 2012 there were a number of remittance transactions which they were not notified about. These violated US bank secrecy laws and anti-money laundering laws. The fine of US$180 million, is the first for a Taiwan investment bank. Mega Financial Holding Co President Hsu Kuang-hsi, flew to the US to get a handle on the situation. Taiwan's Ministry of Finance believes that the fine is too heavy. TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR 兆豐金控的美國紐約分行,驚爆涉及,違反美國「洗錢防制」規定,遭美方重罰57億台幣。這也創下國家銀行最重罰款紀錄,而兆豐金則強調,是因為美方這幾年,針對銀行的「資金流向」,在反恐和「防制洗錢」規定上,愈來愈嚴格,因此才被裁罰。 昨晚10點30分,依舊還有上市公司發佈重大訊息,創證交所成立以來最晚紀錄。會這麼臨時,全因為兆豐金控在美國紐約分行,疑似涉入洗錢案,遭美方重罰1.8億美金,約合台幣57億,為此,兆豐金動員所有一級主管列席出面說明。 ==兆豐金控副總經理 陳松興== 不涉及到任何洗錢的案子 它是今年的法規 跟之前美國聯邦 反洗錢法的法規來講 州政府這個新的法規 應該是說嚴格的程度 提升了非常的多 所以在這方面的話 我們沒有辦法滿足 它在提升 它的要求的規範 所以因此遭到這一份的處罰 兆豐金高層再三強調,絕無涉入洗錢,只是未依美方的規定,通報幾筆資金流向據了解,去年一到三月期間,美國紐約金融廳對兆豐金紐約分行,進行一般業務檢查,結果發現,2012年有多筆匯款交易未通報,美方就以違反銀行保密法,以及反洗錢法,重罰1.8億美元,成為首家遭美國重罰的台資銀行,由於事態嚴重,兆豐金董事長徐光曦,還專程飛到美國坐鎮指揮。而財政部認為,這樣的處罰,罰得太重。 ==財政部國庫署組長 阮清華== (兆豐金)紐約分行那邊 它沒有通報 他們就認定說 我們是在作業上是違規的 所以它這個是不是洗錢 其實還是要涉及到認定的問題 為降低銀行業海外風險,財政部強調,將配合金管會強化金融監理,同時督導公股銀行海外分行,是否符合當地法令,下週最快就會邀集,八大公股行庫會談,要求全面強化內部稽查,避免類似情況再發生。 記者黃立偉 張國樑 台北報導

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