FMA issues formal AML/CFT warning to Fullerton Markets
An inspection of Fullerton’s AML/CFT compliance by FMA staff showed that the company did not have in place adequate risk assessment or AML/CFT compliance programmes. These are essential components of complying with the AML/CFT Act. These programmes ensure that firms have robust systems and processes in place to detect and deter money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Fullerton also failed to carry out customer due diligence in line with the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice. Fullerton failed to take reasonable steps to fully identity clients who are a politically exposed person, as required under Section 26 of the AML/CFT Act. A politically exposed person (PEP) is an individual who has been entrusted with a prominent public function. The legislation limits this to foreign PEPs and does not include New Zealand domestic PEPs.
Under the warning, Fullerton is required to undertake a series of actions in order to ensure it complies with the law: