US CFTC hits U.S. Bank, Oppenheimer with fines over record keeping failures

March 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Bank NA and Oppenheimer & Co have agreed to pay fines to settle charges from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision over use of unapproved communications channels, the regulator said on Tuesday.

U.S. Bank will pay $6 million to settle the charges that it violated CFTC record keeping requirements for swap dealers and Oppenheimer & Co will pay $1 million for violations of similar requirements for introducing brokers, the CFTC said in a statement.

A spokesperson for U.S. Bank said the firm is pleased to have the matter resolved and has enhanced its technology and oversight. Oppenheimer did not respond immediately to request for comment.

U.S. Bank and Oppenheimer are the latest of dozens to be hit with penalties from the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission for employees’ widespread use of personal devices and apps such as WhatsApp for work communications. The CFTC alone has imposed $1.1 billion in civil penalties on 22 institutions for related violations, it said in a statement.

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Source: Reuters