Geographic targeting orders take aim at real estate secrecy in Manhattan and Miami
By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog
(January 14, 2016) – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) to require certain title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay all cash for high-end residential real estate in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, and Miami-Dade County, Florida. FinCEN is concerned that all-cash purchases might be conducted by individuals trying to hide their assets and identity by buying residential properties through limited liability companies (LLCs)or other opaque structures. To collect information about this potential money laundering vulnerability, FinCEN is requiring certain title insurance companies to identify and report the true “beneficial owner” behind a legal entity involved in these types of real estate transactions.
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