FCA fines three cash switch corporations for fixing costs charged to shoppers in Glasgow

The UK Monetary Conduct Authority (FCA) immediately imposed fines on three cash switch corporations after they admitted to fixing costs charged to shoppers in Glasgow.

Greenback East (Worldwide Journey & Cash Switch) Ltd; Hafiz Bros Journey & Cash Switch Restricted; and LCC Trans-Sending Restricted (together with its father or mother firm, Small World Monetary Companies Group Restricted), buying and selling as Small World, have been fined a mixed complete of over £150,000 for breaching competitors regulation.

The FCA has imposed the next fines:

  • Greenback East has been fined £3,600.
  • Hafiz Bros has been fined £11,200.
  • Small World has been fined £139,500.

All three corporations have admitted to the FCA that they broke competitors regulation and have acquired settlement reductions to mirror useful resource financial savings to the FCA in bringing this investigation to an earlier conclusion.

The FCA discovered that, between 18 February 2017 and 31 Might 2017, the corporations coordinated on sure alternate charges supplied to clients in Glasgow for changing UK kilos into Pakistan Rupees, when transferring cash to Pakistan.

They have been additionally discovered to have mounted the transaction price charged to clients when guaranteeing cash transfers from the UK to Pakistan by way of Small World’s Companies.

This value fixing affected transfers made by clients on the Greenback East and Small World branches in Glasgow.

The FCA discovered that Hafiz Bros, whereas not working a department serving clients in Glasgow, facilitated this conduct.

Individually, the FCA has additionally written to different cash switch corporations in Glasgow to remind them of their obligations below competitors regulation.