STR under section 51...are reporting entities protected?

Paul McDermott

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Despite a general belief across industry that submitting an SMR discharges their obligation to act on a suspicious customer, Australian law enforcement has recently expressed the view that this may not be enough. The AFP has indicated that Section 51 of the AML/CTF Act may not protect a reporting entity that held on to a customer they had been reporting as suspicious. Instead, a reporting entity may also need to end its relationship with the customer who continued to engage in suspicious activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
JournalAnti-Money Laundering Magazine
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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