Standard Chartered Bank forfeits $227 million for violating U.S. sanctions laws

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Standard Chartered’s agreement to forfeit $227 million will settle forfeiture claims by the Justice Department and New York state. In light of the bank’s remedial actions to date and its willingness to acknowledge responsibility for its actions, the Justice Department will recommend the dismissal of the information in 24 months, provided the bank fully cooperates with, and abides by, the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement.

“For years, Standard Chartered Bank deliberately violated U.S. laws governing transactions involving Sudan, Iran, and other countries subject to U.S. sanctions,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, who heads the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The United States expects a minimum standard of behavior from all financial institutions that enjoy the benefits of the U.S. financial system. Standard Chartered’s conduct was flagrant and unacceptable.”


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