PayPal Receives Subpoena from DoJ Over Anti-Money-Laundering Compliance


PayPal has said the online payment service has received subpoenas from the US Justice Department over a money laundering investigation. The late Wednesday filing affected the company's shares, which fell about 2% in aftermarket trading.

PayPal shares slip as US queries the company in money laundering probe

Authorities in the US have demanded information from PayPal as part of a money laundering investigation. According to a regulatory filing, the payment-services company received a subpoena from the Department of Justice over a money-laundering probe.

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While the electronic-payments giant said the sanctions compliance issue occurred before it had implemented a real-time transaction scanning program, PayPal's shares fell about 2% in aftermarket trading.

"We have received subpoenas from the US Department of Justice seeking the production of certain information related to our historical anti-money laundering program," the San Jose electronic-payments company said in an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company added that it is cooperating with authorities by “providing information in response to the subpoenas.”

PayPal didn't offer any more details on the case and said it is unable to predict the government's response. DoJ spokesperson declined to comment.

We have self-reported to OFAC certain transactions that were inadvertently processed but subsequently identified as possible violations of U.S. economic and trade sanctions.

Back in 2015, PayPal had "agreed to pay $7.7 million to the U.S. Treasury Department to settle potential sanctions violations without admitting or denying the allegations," the Wall Street Journal reported. In a filing to the US SEC late Wednesday, the company claimed it had "self-reported additional transactions as possible violations, and we have received new subpoenas from OFAC seeking additional information about certain of these transactions."

According to reports, the SEC filing weighed slightly on PayPal as its shares were down to $39.99, falling 2.2% in after-hours trading. We will update this post if more details about the money laundering case are disclosed.

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