FINRA fines JPMorgan $1.25 million for failures in employee background checks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Tuesday it fined JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM.N) securities division $1.25 million for failing to conduct adequate background checks on 8,600 employees, including four people whose criminal convictions automatically disqualified them from working there.

Of the four individuals that FINRA found who were subject to “statutory disqualification” because of some criminal history, it said that one worked at JPMorgan for 10 years and another for eight years. Securities rules require banks to seek regulatory approval to employ anyone convicted of certain criminal offenses.

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