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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1237         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1332

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Peter J. Koutoujian

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act establishing the crime of money laundering and mandating the revocation of certain licenses issued by the Division of Banks.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Peter J. Koutoujian

10th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1237        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1332

By Mr. Koutoujian of Waltham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1332) of Peter J. Koutoujian establishing the crime of money laundering and mandating the revocation of certain licenses issued by the Division of Banks.  The Judiciary.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act establishing the crime of money laundering and mandating the revocation of certain licenses issued by the Division of Banks.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.   Section 4 of chapter 167F of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:--

             

              Any license issued under this section to a licensee who is convicted of violating section thirty-seven F of chapter two hundred sixty-six shall be deemed revoked.

              SECTION 2.  Section 16 of chapter 169, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out section 16, and inserting in place thereof the following section:—

              Section 16.  Whoever violates any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation made hereunder by the commissioner shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in state prison for not more than five years, or both.  Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.  Any license issued under this chapter to a licensee who is convicted of violating section thirty-seven F of chapter two hundred sixty-six shall be deemed revoked.

              SECTION 3.  Section 13 of chapter 169A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby  amended by adding the following paragraph:--

              Any license issued under this chapter to a licensee who is convicted of violating section thirty-seven F of chapter two hundred sixty-six shall be deemed revoked.

             

              SECTION 4.  Chapter 266 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 37E the following section:--

              Section 37F.  (1)  For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:

              “Financial institution”¬,

              (a) an insured bank¬, as defined in section 3(h) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act at 12 U.S.C. 1813(h);

              (b) a commercial bank or trust company;

              (c) a private banker;

              (d) an agency or branch of a foreign bank in the United States;

              (e) any credit union;

              (f) a broker or dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission;

              (g) a thrift institution;

              (h) a broker or dealer in securities or commodities;

              (i) an investment banker or investment company;

              (j) a currency exchange;

              (k) an issuer, redeemer, or cashier of travelers' checks, checks, money orders, or similar instruments;

              (l) an operator of a credit card system;

              (m) an insurance company;

              (n) a dealer in precious metals, stones, or jewels;

              (o) a pawnbroker;

              (p) a loan or finance company;

              (q) a travel agency;

              (r) a person who engages as a business in the transmission of funds, including any person who engages as a business in an informal money transfer system or any network of people who engage as a business in facilitating the transfer of money domestically or internationally outside of the conventional financial institutions system;

              (s) a telegraph company;

              (t) a business engaged in vehicle sales, including automobile, airplane, and boat sales;

              (u) persons involved in real estate closings and settlements; or

              (v) any business or agency which engages in any activity which the commissioner of banks determines, by regulation, to be an activity which is similar to, related to, or a substitute for any activity in which any business described in this paragraph is authorized to engage.

              “monetary instruments”,¬

              (a) United States coins and currency;

              (b) as the commissioner of banks may prescribe by regulation, coins and currency of a foreign country, travelers' checks, bearer negotiable instruments, bearer investment securities, bearer securities, stock on which title is passed on delivery, and similar material; and

              (c) as the commissioner of banks shall provide by regulation, checks, drafts, notes, money orders, and other similar instruments which are drawn on or by a foreign financial institution and are not in bearer form.

              “Nonfinancial trade or business”, any trade or business other than a financial institution that is subject to the currency reporting requirements of 31 U.S.C. 5313 and regulations prescribed under such section.

              (2)  In prescribing regulations under paragraph one of this section, the commissioner of banks shall rely upon the determination of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5312.

              (3)  A financial institution or nonfinancial trade or business commits the offense of money laundering when it fails to file a currency transaction report or a report of required identification information with respect to monetary instruments transactions in accordance with the requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act (31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq.), as amended.

              (4)  No person shall for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements of paragraph two of section thirty-seven F of chapter two hundred sixty-six –

              (a) cause or attempt to cause a financial institution or nonfinancial trade or business to fail to file a currency transaction report or report of identification information required under sections 31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq., or any regulation prescribed under any such sections;

              (b) cause or attempt to cause a financial institution or nonfinancial trade or business to file a currency transaction report or report of identification information required under section 31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq., or any regulation prescribed under any such sections that contains a material omission or misstatement of fact; or

              (c) structure or assist in structuring, or attempt to structure or assist in structuring, any transaction with one or more domestic financial institutions or nonfinancial trade or business.

              (5)  Any financial institution or nonfinancial trade or business who violates paragraphs three or four of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars or by imprisonment in state prison for not more than five years, or both.

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