Bank Secrecy Act VEF Banka, Riga, Latvia - Subject of Primary Money Laundering Concern
FIL-36-2005 April 29, 2005
The Department of the Treasury has designated VEF Banka, Riga, Latvia, to be of primary money laundering concern and has issued proposed countermeasures.
On April 21, 2005, the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the designation of VEF Banka, Riga, Latvia, to be a financial institution of "primary money laundering concern" under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Treasury, acting through FinCEN, is issuing a proposed rule to impose special measures against VEF Banka. The proposed rule would prohibit U.S. financial institutions from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the U.S. for, or on behalf of, VEF Banka. This proposed prohibition extends to correspondent or payable-through accounts maintained for other foreign banks when such accounts are used by the foreign bank to provide financial services to VEF Banka indirectly.
Treasury is soliciting written comments regarding this proposed rule. The proposed rule can be found on the FinCEN Web site under "What's New" at http://www.fincen.gov. Comments must be submitted on or before May 26, 2005, to Treasury via electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include RIN 1506-AA82 in the subject line of the message. Comments may also be submitted by paper mail to FinCEN, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, Virginia 22183. Include RIN 1506-AA82 in the body of the text.
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