FinCEN Fines Michigan MSB and Its Owner/Compliance Officer for Ignoring AML Responsibilities

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today imposed acivil money penalty against King Mail & Wireless Inc. and its owner, Ali Al Duais, for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). King Mail and Mr. Al Duais have admitted to conduct that violated the BSA and have consented to a civil money penalty in the amount of $12,000.

Among other BSA violations, King Mail and Al Duais failed to maintain a required anti-money laundering program, and engaged in high-risk transactions including processing millions of dollars in wire transactions to Yemen without maintaining proper records or performing any due diligence on the individuals involved in the transactions. In addition, King Mail conducted several suspicious transactions, and patterns of suspicious transactions, including suspicious dollar amounts, transmissions with no apparent business or lawful purpose, and transactions sent within the same day below the reporting thresholds. Despite these “red flags,” King Mail had no transaction monitoring or suspicious activity review process in place, and, during its entire time in operation as a business, did not file a single Suspicious Activity Report, or a single Currency Transaction Report.

In addition to King Mail, Al Duais opened a second money services business, Al Malik Wireless, Inc., in the same location as King Mail in October 2010. However, like King Mail, Al Malik wireless also had BSA deficiencies. Both companies are now closed.

In addition to the civil money penalty, Mr. Al Duais has also agreed to immediately and permanently cease serving as an employee, officer, director, or agent of any financial institution located in the United States or that conducts business within the United States.

FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery expressed her appreciation to the Internal Revenue Service, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, which performed the examinations of both King Mail and Al Malik Wireless, for its contributions to the investigation and for its strong partnership with FinCEN.