It has been just revealed that another important huge bank has just dropped a massive amount of money as a fine for fraud. Check out the details in order to see which bank we are talking about and what happened.

Important bank gets fined

Metropolitan Commercial Bank (MCB) is facing a $29.5 million penalty for violating the Bank Secrecy Act, as per the Federal Reserve and New York Department of Financial Services. The bank allowed criminals to open new accounts and misdirect an enormous sum of $300 million.

The DFS revealed that the bank’s MovoCash digital prepaid visa card program was issued to bad actors in 2020 without an adequate verification process.

These criminals used fraudulent identification to open accounts and then proceeded to misdirect millions of dollars in direct deposit payroll payments and government benefits.

“MCB failed to prevent a massive, ongoing fraud in the MovoCash prepaid card program, allowing bad actors to abuse the financial system…

[MCB] observed a surge of fraudulent MovoCash account openings and after failing to remedy the problem, allowed new MovoCash accounts to be opened.

This inaction allowed the fraud to increase exponentially over the next few months and facilitated more than $300 million in pandemic unemployment benefits to be misdirected to the MovoCash accounts of fraud actors.”

The Federal Reserve announced that it is requiring MCB to enhance its customer identification, customer due diligence, and third-party risk management programs.

MCB has a total asset value of $6.683 billion and operates seven branches in New York as noted by the online publication the Daily Hodl.

In other recent news, according to a report by strategists at a Wells Fargo subsidiary, the US may be able to create and launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the next five years.

The report suggests that the US is exploring the possibility of a CBDC following President Joe Biden’s executive order authorizing the Federal Reserve to investigate CBDC technology.

The report was authored by John LaForge, head of real asset strategy at Wells Fargo Advisors, and Mason Mendez, investment strategy analyst.

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