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Ant-Backed MYBank Fined For Violating Credit Scoring Rules

China’s central bank imposed a 22.37 million yuan ($3.5 million) fine on MYBank, the online bank backed by Ant, for breaching rules on credit scoring management and deals with unidentified clients

The logo of MYbank, an offshoot of Alibaba Group, is seen at the bank's office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, January 24, 2018. Photo: Shu Zhang, Reuters.


China’s central bank has imposed a 22.37 million yuan ($3.52 million) fine on MYBank, the online bank backed by China’s Ant Group, for violations including breaching rules on credit scoring management and transacting with unidentified clients.

MYBank was also warned and fined for failing to follow the central bank’s know your customer (KYC) requirements and instructions to report suspicious transactions, the Hangzhou branch of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a penalty decision dated January 29.

A spokesperson at MYBank said on Monday the relevant problems had been rectified by 2020.

China’s financial regulators have been ramping up anti-money laundering efforts for online financial institutions, as part of Beijing’s efforts to rein in financial risks.

The PBOC and China’s Ministry of Public Security are leading a three-year campaign to fight money laundering in a bid to safeguard national security and social stability.

China also ordered Ant to become a more strictly regulated financial holding firm and strictly comply with the requirements of credit information business regulation after its record $37 billion IPO was derailed by regulators in 2020.

Nine executives and managers at MYBank including then-deputy chief executive Feng Liang were also fined for such violations, according to the penalty decision.


• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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