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Signature Bank Under DOJ Investigation for Money Laundering

• The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating Signature Bank over potential shortcomings in its efforts to stop money laundering.
• The investigations are taking place in both Washington and Manhattan, and the SEC is also “taking a look” at the bank as part of a separate investigation.
• If found guilty, Signature Bank could face hefty fines, loss of banking licenses, and even criminal prosecution.

U.S. Department of Justice Investigates Signature Bank

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently investigating Signature Bank over possible shortcomings in its anti-money laundering efforts, according to insiders familiar with the matter cited in a Bloomberg report on Wednesday. Both Washington and Manhattan are involved in the investigation, marking a significant development for the New York-based financial institution.

Potential Charges for Money Laundering Violations

If found guilty, Signature Bank may face various charges and penalties including hefty fines, loss of banking licenses, and even criminal prosecution under federal and state laws such as the Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act for facilitating financial transactions for criminal organizations or failing to properly report suspicious activities or establish effective anti-money laundering programs.

Federal Reserve Seizes Signature Bank

On March 12th 2021, the Federal Reserve announced that state regulators had closed down Signature Bank due to lack of misconduct by their employees with no allegations against them present; however, investigations by both SEC and DOJ are still ongoing with potential action being taken if any wrongdoing is discovered during these investigations.

Impact on Decisions to Close Banks

The outcomes from these investigations may have an impact on recent decisions made by banks to close down cryptocurrency clients due to uncertainty regarding regulations surrounding cryptocurrencies; this could result in further restrictions being imposed or removed depending on whether any evidence of misconduct can be found during these investigations into Signature Bank’s alleged money laundering violations which could affect other banks’ decisions going forward when dealing with cryptocurrency customers/clients.


In conclusion, it remains uncertain what will come out from these investigations into alleged money laundering activity at Signatures Banks but there are potentially far reaching implications if any wrongdoing is revealed which could have impacts beyond just this one case alone – both legally/financially and otherwise – so it will be interesting to see how this case unfolds over time as more information becomes available about it in the coming weeks & months ahead .