Since the fallout of 1MDB, Mas completed a series of bank inspections targeted at 1MDB-related fund flows, with the latest inspections of Credit Suisse and UOB revealing several breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) requirements and control lapses.
These include weaknesses in conducting due diligence on customers and inadequate scrutiny of customers’ transactions and activities.
The Singapore watchdog, however, did not detect pervasive control weaknesses within the banks.
Fines of S$0.7m (£0.4m, $0.5m, €0.45m) and S$0.9m were imposed on Credit Suisse and UOB, respectively.
Mas has also instructed the banks to take disciplinary measures, where appropriate, against errant staff.
Ravi Menon, managing director of Mas, said: “The two-year long 1MDB-related review holds key lessons for both Mas and financial institutions in Singapore. Mas has enhanced its AML surveillance and taken unprecedented enforcement actions against errant institutions and individuals.
“Financial institutions have increased their risk awareness and strengthened their AML controls. Our financial industry is in a better position today than it was when the abuses stemming from the 1MDB-related flows took place. The price for keeping our financial centre clean as it grows in size and inter-connectedness is unstinting vigilance.”
Switzerland’s regulator, Finma, has also reprimanded the country’s second-largest bank this week after conducting an extensive investigation into Credit Suisse’s dealing around 1MDB.
“During the investigations, it was not established that the bank had committed any systematic breaches of supervisory law,” a Finma spokesman said in an emailed statement to newswire Reuters.
“Finma did, however, send the bank a written reprimand for shortcomings in its money-laundering processes,” it said.
Sturzenegger was the branch manager of Falcon Private Bank, Singapore branch (Falcon Bank). He has been convicted of financial crimes including providing false information to authorities in an attempt to cover up his knowledge of Falcon Bank’s relationship with Low Taek Jho, a Malaysian businessman and ‘person of interest’ in the investigation into 1MDB.
Yak and Seah, who were employees of BSI Bank, were convicted of multiple counts of failing to report suspicious transactions and of forging reference letters at BSI Bank on behalf of Low.
All three individuals are prohibited from providing any capital markets and financial advisory services; and taking part in the management of, acting as a director of, or becoming a substantial shareholder of any capital markets services or financial advisory firm in Singapore, Mas said.