Binance Fined $6 Million by Canadian Authorities for Non-Compliance

FINTRAC imposes a hefty penalty on Binance for failing to meet anti-money laundering regulations.

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  • Binance Holdings Limited was fined $6,002,000 by FINTRAC on May 7, 2024.
  • The company failed to register as a foreign money services business in Canada.
  • It also did not report large virtual currency transactions of $10,000 or more.
  • This action is part of Canada’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • FINTRAC issued 12 Notices of Violation totaling over $26 million in the fiscal year 2023–24.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has recently penalized Binance Holdings Limited with a fine amounting to over six million dollars.

The cryptocurrency exchange faced charges for its failure to adhere to certain regulatory requirements under the Canadian Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

Regulatory Lapses Lead to Significant Fine

Court Fines Binance
Court Fines Binance

Binance’s violations include not registering as a foreign money services business within Canada and neglecting to report individual virtual currency transactions that exceeded $10,000.

These breaches are significant because they bypass safeguards designed to prevent financial crimes such as money laundering and terrorism financing.

Sarah Paquet, Director and Chief Executive Officer at FINTRAC, emphasized the importance of compliance with these laws stating that it ensures “the safety of Canadians and the security of Canada’s economy.”

She assured that while FINTRAC aims to support businesses in understanding their obligations, it remains firm on taking necessary actions against non-compliance.

Broader Implications for Business Compliance

This enforcement action against Binance is part of a broader initiative by Canadian authorities who have been actively monitoring various sectors including casinos, real estate brokers, financial entities among others.

Businesses operating within these sectors are required under law to maintain records accurately identify clients establish compliance regimes report suspicious activities along with other types transactions which could pose risks national security or contribute criminal activities like money laundering.

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