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Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion in fines over auto, mortgage lending abuses

April 20, 2018 |

Federal regulators slapped Wells Fargo & Co. with a fine of $ 1 billion on Friday, punishing the San Francisco bank for abuses that harmed mortgage and auto loan borrowers, and for what regulators said was a pervasive and “reckless” lack of risk management.

The penalty, announced by the Office of…


L.A. Times – Business

State fines lenders for pushing borrowers into high-cost loans

March 13, 2018 |

High-cost lender Advance America will pay refunds to hundreds of California customers after a state regulator accused the firm of charging illegally high interest rates topping 100%.

The action, announced Monday, comes a few months after the Department of Business Oversight took actions against…


L.A. Times – Business

FCC fines Cesar Chavez Foundation over promotions on its radio stations

February 5, 2018 |

The Federal Communications Commission has levied a record fine against two farmworker radio stations in California and Arizona for overstepping restrictions against commercial advertising.

The Cesar Chavez Foundation, a nonprofit social service affiliate of the United Farm Workers union, agreed…


L.A. Times – Business

Judge fines CashCall $10.3 million, a fraction of what was sought by CFPB for lending law violations

January 24, 2018 |

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered Orange County lender CashCall Mortgage and its owner, J. Paul Reddam, to pay $ 10.3 million for violating consumer protection laws — a fraction of the $ 287 million in penalties and restitution sought by a federal regulator.

District Judge John Walter in…


L.A. Times – Business

EU Fines Qualcomm $1.23 Billion for Payments to Apple

January 24, 2018 |

Qualcomm was slapped with a $ 1.23 billion antitrust fine by the European Union for illegal payments it made to Apple for exclusively using its chips in smartphones and other products.
WSJ.com: US Business

South Korea Announces Crypto Traders Could Face Fines Under New System

January 14, 2018 |

South Korea Announces Crypto Traders Could Face Fines Under New System

The South Korean government has announced that cryptocurrency traders will be fined if they do not convert from existing virtual accounts, which allows for anonymous trading, to real-name accounts. Regardless of their service levels to crypto exchanges, banks have been ordered to implement the new system this month as planned.

Also read: South Korea Urges 23 Countries, EU, and IMF to Collaborate on Curbing Crypto Trading

Crypto Traders Facing Fines

South Korea Announces Crypto Traders Could Face Fines Under New SystemThe South Korean financial authorities said on Sunday that cryptocurrency traders in the country “will be fined for refusing to convert their virtual accounts into real-name ones,” Yonhap reported.

Currently, crypto traders are able to trade anonymously by using virtual accounts. However, the authorities have banned banks from issuing new ones and mandated them to install the new system “that ensures only real-name bank accounts and matching accounts at cryptocurrency exchanges to be used for deposits and withdrawals,” the news outlet detailed, adding that:

Cryptocurrency traders will be allowed to convert their virtual accounts into real-name ones within this month, but those who refuse to accede to real-name identification will face fines.

“People who have traded virtual currency have been told that if they refuse to check their real name, they will be penalized for depositing into an existing account,” the Kyunghyang Shinmun elaborated. Only withdrawals will be allowed from existing virtual accounts.

South Korea Announces Crypto Traders Could Face Fines Under New SystemSouth Korea first enforced the Real Name Financial Transaction System on August 3, 1993, forcing all financial transactions to be conducted under real names.

Until that time, financial transactions of large amounts between private parties were often conducted under false names or pseudonyms. In 2014, this law was revised and penalties of imprisonment of up to five years or a fine of 50 million won (~USD$ 47,000) were introduced.

While the amount of the fine has not been determined for violations by cryptocurrency traders, Yonhap pointed out that “In 1993, violators of the country’s real-name financial transaction system were slapped with fines amounting to 60 percent of their financial assets.”

Furthermore, Chosun quoted a government official saying, “Currently, we are establishing a taxation plan for virtual currency transactions centered on the accounting department. If a virtual currency real name verification system is introduced, we will be able to obtain data on individual traders.”

Banks Must Install the New System Regardless

The financial authorities started inspecting 6 major Korean banks at the beginning of last week for their anti-money laundering compliance related to virtual account services. The inspection was supposed to end on January 11 but the authorities decided to extend it to January 16. Following the extension announcement, banks became reluctant to implement the real-name system as mandated by the cryptocurrency regulation.

South Korea Announces Crypto Traders Could Face Fines Under New SystemShinhan Bank was the first to announce its decision not to implement this new system. The bank immediately sent a letter to each exchange it currently provides virtual account services to, informing them of its decision. Among them was Bithumb, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Following Shinhan’s move, other banks were also reportedly ready to follow suit and delay the implementation of the real-name system.

However, on January 13, the government held a meeting with representatives of the 6 banks and asked them to implement the new real-name system as planned, regardless of whether they decide to service crypto exchanges or not. A financial official was quoted by Hankook-Ilbo:

Even if virtual currency transactions are entirely illegal, the real name verification system needs to be introduced by itself.

Following the government’s instruction, banks reportedly agreed to implement the new system as planned.

What do you think of the Korean government imposing fines on cryptocurrency traders? What do you think of them making banks install the real-name system regardless? Let us know in the comments section below.


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California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

November 16, 2017 |

California’s managed-care regulator has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $ 5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner.

The state Department of Managed Health Care criticized Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, for systemic violations…


L.A. Times – Business

ECB Urges Fines for European States Breaking Reform Rules

August 11, 2017 |

The European Union should consider slapping large fines on European governments that fail to adopt its economic-reform proposals, the European Central Bank said.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

European Union fines Google a record $2.7 billion

June 27, 2017 |

The European Union’s competition watchdog has slapped a record $ 2.72 billion fine on Internet giant Google for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service.

European regulators said Tuesday that “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage…


L.A. Times – Business

Singapore Fines Credit Suisse Over 1MDB

May 30, 2017 |

Singapore imposed fines on Swiss bank Credit Suisse and a local bank for antimoney-laundering control failures connected with an investigation into alleged misappropriation from Malaysian state fund 1MDB.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia