Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank, Citizens Bank Report: Florida Citizens Bank must act new procedures to detect and report suspicious account activity in order to comply with federal and state regulations as the result of a routine bank examination.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued a consent order April 20 after the bank board of directors agreed to new procedures April 12. The FDIC announced the consent order Friday.

The bank must enact new policies and procedures to detect and report high-risk and suspicious activities to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 that requires banks to assist federal agencies to prevent money laundering, tax evasion and other criminal activities.

Florida Citizens must monitor and report wire transfers or cash deposits of significant amounts, said Gainesville lawyer James Quincey, the bank's board chairman.Quincey said Florida Citizens had been doing business the same way for 10 years through twice yearly inspections.

“I think the FDIC got blasted pretty good about being too lax on banks, which they think contributed to the downturn, and a lot of banks are getting in trouble, so I think they decided they're going to over-regulate,” he said. “They're not going to get the blame the next time something happens.”

The FDIC does not comment on open and operating banks, said spokeswoman LaJuan Williams.
Florida Citizens bank has four branches in Alachua County and four in Marion County.
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