Dubai regulator fines New York’s E*Trade $200,000

Company falls foul of anti-money laundering laws, fined by Dubai Financial Services Authority
Dubai regulator fines New York’s E*Trade $200,000
An Emirati man follows the stock market activity at the Dubai Financial Market in the Gulf emirate on December 14, 2009. Dubais stock market rose 10.13 percent in early trade after the government said it will pay 4.1 billion dollars to cover maturing Islamic bonds issued by its Nakheel property developer. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Joanne Bladd
Sun 01 May 2011 05:58 PM

E*Trade,
a Dubai unit of the New York-based financial services company, has been fined $200,000 by a
regulator in Dubai for breaching anti-money laundering rules and systems.

Dubai
Financial Services Authority, the regulator of the emirate’s tax-free business
park DIFC, said Sunday it had fined E*Trade for failing to obtain sufficient
evidence of its clients’ origins or funds and sources of wealth.

The
firm must pay the fine within 30 days with an additional penalty of $100,000
suspended subject to E*Trade agreeing to a risk assessment and other steps,
DFSA said in a statement.

“This
is a new era for financial services, and firms must be more vigilant in meeting
today’s requirements,” Paul Koster, chief executive of the DFSA, said in the
statement.

Denmark’s
Saxo Bank was censured in March for falling foul of the regulator’s anti-money laundering
rules after passing on clients to its parent company without carrying out
adequate checks.

The regulator in January warned companies operating in DIFC to
be vigilant about the outflow of assets from Tunisia and Algeria, following anti-government
protests in the countries.

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