UIGEA was enacted to prohibit institutions from accepting payments from any person engaged in the business of betting or wagering with a business in unlawful Internet gambling.
Provisions of UIGEA prohibit the acceptance of payments relating to bets or wagers involving use of the Internet if those activities are unlawful under applicable law.
UIGEA defines a "participant" as "an operator of a designated payment system, a financial transaction provider that is a member of or, has contracted for financial transaction services with, or is otherwise participating in, a designated payment system, or a third-party processor." The term "participant" does not include a participant's customer unless the customer is also a financial transaction provider participating on its own behalf in the designated payment system.
A joint rule issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (31CFR 132) and the Federal Reserve Board (12 CFR Part 233 – Regulation GG) states that the following five payment systems are covered by UIGEA: automated clearing house systems, card systems, check collection systems, money-transmitting businesses, and wire transfer systems.
Financial institutions should develop and implement policies and procedures, as appropriate, to ensure that transactions of this nature are not accepted.
Attached are an overview of UIGEA, a chart identifying the designated payment systems and requirements of participants, and examination procedures related to this rule.
Compliance with the rule was required as of June 1, 2010.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
BSA Compliance Office
Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Programs
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Overview and Examination Procedures - PDF (PDF Help)
Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Marie Edwards at
SASFIL@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3673
FIL-35-2010 - PDF (PDF Help)
FDIC Financial Institution Letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2010/index.html
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Paper copies of FDIC FILs may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center,
3501 N. Fairfax Drive, Room E 1002, Arlington, VA 22226 (1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).