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FinCEN Assesses Civil Money Penalty Against Michigan-Based Unregistered Money Transmitter

Vienna, Va. – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced an assessment of civil money penalties totaling $40,000 against brothers Omar Abukar Sufi and Mohamed Abukar Sufi, for non-compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) money transmitter registration requirements. The Sufi brothers, doing business as Halal Depot of Wyoming, Michigan operated a money transmission business at their grocery store by sending funds on behalf of their customers to beneficiaries in Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Qatar, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. At no time did the Sufi brothers register with FinCEN as a money services business (MSB) as required by the BSA.

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