The FCA issued a 'Dear CEO' letter on 21 May 2021 to retail banks as a call for action to be taken in response to common control failings identified in anti-money laundering frameworks.
As reported by The Guardian on 30 July 2021, the FCA has said it is investigating digital bank Monzo over potential breaches of anti-money laundering and financial crime rules. Monzo said it was cooperating with the investigation, which was in its early stages but could lead to civil and criminal charges.
The 'Dear CEO' letter was a pointed warning to all CEOs for the future. The FCA stated that persistent failings have resulted in regulatory intervention in the form of the appointment of a skilled person review, business restrictions and enforcement action, and this will continue. To avoid such interventions, now is the time for the retail banking sector to heed the FCA's warning to act on it.
“The prevention of financial crime is an issue that affects the entire banking industry and one which Monzo is taking extremely seriously,” the bank said in a statement.