Singapore Tells BSI to Shutdown

The Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore

According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore «BSI Bank is the worst case of control lapses and gross misconduct that we have seen in the Singapore financial sector».

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has served BSI Bank Limited (BSI Bank) notice of intention to withdraw its status as a merchant bank in Singapore for serious breaches of anti-money laundering requirements, poor management oversight of the bank’s operations, and gross misconduct by some of the bank’s staff.

In addition, MAS has referred to the Public Prosecutor the names of six members of BSI Bank’s senior management and staff to evaluate whether they have committed criminal offences.

Evaluation of Senior Management 

MAS found considerable evidence of gross dereliction of duty and failure to discharge oversight responsibilities on the part of BSI Bank’s senior management.  Their ineffective governance led to a poor risk culture, which prioritised questionable customer demands ahead of compliance with anti-money laundering regulations and the bank’s own internal controls.

 

 

 

 

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