Century City’s 1st Century Bank is taking a hard look at its money-laundering policies after federal bank regulators ordered a review.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently ordered the commercial lender to hire a consultant to comb through the bank’s suspicious activity reports to see if they provide accurate information.
Banks are required to file such reports to federal authorities whenever they come across transactions that could be fraudulent or linked to criminal activity. For instance, if a bank customer typically deposits $1,000 in cash each day but suddenly deposits $10,000, it could trigger a suspicious activity report.
The banks co-founders include Alan Rothenberg, an L.A. attorney who was also one of the co-founders of Major League Soccer.
The review is just one requirement of a consent order issued against 1st Century in September. Jason DiNapoli, the bank’s chief executive, said the bank is working on regulators’ demands.
“We’re following the letter of the order,” he said. “We’re looking to have that completed as soon as possible.”
Helping the bank with that effort is recent hire J. Scott Green, who now heads 1st Cen-tury’s Bank Secrecy Act compliance programs.
“We’re building an extremely compliant BSA department that will serve us for years to come,” DiNapoli said.
The bank hired Green in May. He was formerly the BSA officer at Century City’s Private Bank of California, which was acquired this summer by Irvine’s Banc of California.
Though he’s been Wilshire Bancorp Inc.’s chief executive for not quite three years, Jae Whan Yoo is the longest-tenured chief executive among the three big Korean-American banks in Los Angeles.
Now he’s adding to that run, as Wilshire last week signed him on for a second three-year term. Three-year contracts are common for the chief executives of Korean-American banks.
Yoo, hired in February 2011, has already been in the top spot longer than his counterparts at rivals Hanmi Financial Corp. and BBCN Bancorp. C.G. Kum was hired as Hanmi’s new chief executive in June and Kevin S. Kim has been chief executive of BBCN since March.
Wilshire is days away from closing its acquisition of smaller Koreatown lender Saehan Bancorp.
Another former Private Bank of California executive, David Misch, is now leading Pasadena’s Community Bank.
Misch replaced David P. Malone, who had served as Community’s chief executive since late 2008 and had been with the bank for more than a decade.
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