JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM:US) is expected to receive an order from regulators to bolster anti-money laundering systems and examine past transactions, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will give the cease-and-desist order amid a wider crackdown on the nation’s largest banks, the people said, according to the newspaper. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kate Haywood in London declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman in Hong Kong.
Authorities and lawmakers in the U.S. have been increasing scrutiny of banks’ money-laundering controls. HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) said this month that it’s likely to face criminal charges and the cost of a settlement may “significantly” exceed the $1.5 billion the London-based bank has set aside. U.K. rival Standard Chartered Plc (STAN) paid $340 million in August to settle a New York regulator’s claim it broke Iranian sanctions rules.
The comptroller last week told banks including New York- based JPMorgan to expect more enforcement actions and fines for possible violations of money-laundering procedures, the Journal said, citing banking industry officials it didn’t identify.
JPMorgan fell (JPM:US) 1 percent to $39 by 11:21 a.m. in Germany from $39.39 at the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.
The OCC in April ordered Citigroup Inc. (C:US) to improve compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act requiring safeguards against money laundering. Deficiencies prevented New York-based Citigroup from identifying risky customers and monitoring client relationships, the regulator said at the time.
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