US Authorities hit UniCredit with $1.3 billion fine

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News Summary:

U.S. federal and state authorities have fined one of Europe’s largest banks more than $1.3 billion and forced it to enter a guilty plea for processing hundreds of millions of dollars for blacklisted entities and countries, including Iran – the second such billion-dollar plus settlement in as many weeks.

The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Treasury, and state and federal regulators have hit Munich-based UniCredit Bank AG for willfully moving nearly $400 million through the U.S. financial system on behalf of sanctioned entities for more than a decade.

The UniCredit settlement is actually the second hefty sanctions compliance settlement in the last two weeks. Federal and state authorities in the United States and United Kingdom last week levied a penalty of more than $1.1 billion against Standard Chartered, one of London’s largest banks.

(Brian Monroe | ACFCS)

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