The United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, has said it intends to pursue cease and desist proceedings against cryptocurrency custody bank Anchorage Digital for violating certain Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements.
In a Thursday announcement, the OCC said it issued a consent order against Anchorage Digital based on its “failure to adopt and implement a compliance program” in accordance with the required Bank Secrecy Act, or BSA, and AML standards. The government bureau said such actions placed Anchorage Digital in violation of its operating agreement with the OCC, established in January 2021.
“The OCC holds all nationally chartered banks to the same high standards, whether they engage in traditional or novel activities,” said Michael Hsu, acting comptroller of the currency. “When institutions fall short, we will take action and hold them accountable to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations.”
Anchorage neither admits nor denies the comptroller’s findings. Still, the order reported the bank has “begun corrective action and is committed to taking all necessary and appropriate steps to remedy the deficiencies.” A consent order, by definition, implies two parties — in this case, Anchorage and the OCC — have reached an agreement in principle on moving forward.
In a statement to Cointelegraph, Anchorage Digital said it had “already been working to strengthen the areas identified [by the OCC] and will continue to bolster these areas, reinforcing a new, digital asset standard for internal BSA/AML controls and…