On May 4, FinCEN and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced a $250,000 settlement with the former chief compliance officer of an international money transfer company over allegations that he failed to report suspicious activity and knowingly participated in the company’s failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in December of 2014 against the defendant, in which the district court dismissed the defendant’s motion to dismiss, ruling that the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) general civil penalty provision, § 5321(a)(1), could subject a partner, director, officer, or employee of a financial institution to civil penalties for violations of any provision of the BSA or its regulations, excluding the specifically excepted provisions, and that because § 5318(h) was not listed as one of those exceptions, “the plain language of the statute provides that a civil penalty may be imposed on corporate officers and employees like [the defendant], who was responsible for designing and overseeing [the company's] AML program.” U.S. Dep’t of Treasury v. Haider, No. 15-cv-01518, WL 107940 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Jan. 8, 2016). (See previous InfoBytes summary.) In the stipulation and order of settlement and dismissal, the defendant (i) accepted responsibility for failing to further investigate consumer fraud reports; (ii) is required to pay $250,000 to the Department of the Treasury; and (iii) is banned for three years from performing compliance functions for other U.S.-based money transmitters. Notably, in February 2016, the money transfer company agreed to pay $13 million to settle claims from 49 states and the District of Columbia over charges that it transferred money to third parties that were defrauding customers. As part of the company’s settlement, it was required to ensure its agents attend mandatory compliance training, enhance its comprehensive anti-fraud compliance program, and implement a hotline system for employees to report noncompliance.