NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential misconduct at Raymond James Financial, Inc. ("Raymond James" or the "Company") (NYSE: RJF).
The investigation focuses on whether the Company's Board of Directors and/or its officers committed mismanagement and breached their fiduciary duties for failing to comply with anti-money-laundering requirements. On May 18, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") issued a press release announcing that it had fined Raymond James & Associates, Inc. ("RJA") and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. ("RJFS"), two of the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries, a total of $17 million for widespread failures related to the firms' anti-money-laundering ("AML") programs. RJA was fined $8 million and RJFS was fined $9 million for failing to establish and implement adequate AML procedures, which resulted in the firms' failure to properly prevent or detect, investigate, and report suspicious activity for several years. RJA's former AML Compliance Officer, Linda L. Busby, was also fined $25,000 and suspended for three months.
The FINRA press release further stated that "RJA and RJFS' significant growth between 2006 and 2014 was not matched by commensurate growth in their AML compliance systems and processes. This left RJA and Busby, as RJA's AML Compliance Officer from 2002 to February 2013, and RJFS unable to establish AML programs tailored to each firm's business, and forced them instead to rely upon a patchwork of written procedures and systems across different departments to detect suspicious activity. The end result was that certain 'red flags' of potentially suspicious activity went undetected or inadequately investigated. These failures are particularly concerning given that RJFS was sanctioned in 2012 for inadequate AML procedures and, as part of that settlement, had agreed to review its program and procedures, and certify that they were reasonably designed to achieve compliance."
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