The fine was imposed by PRA for having discrepancies in reporting regulatory returns between 2014 and last year

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UK’s financial services regulatory body Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has imposed a fine of £43.9m ($56.4m), on Citibank’s UK operations, for failing to accurately report regulatory returns between June 2014 and December last year.

PRA has imposed the fine on Citigroup Global Markets Limited (CGML), Citibank N.A. London branch (CBNA London) and Citibank Europe UK branch (CEP UK) for failings in internal controls and governance arrangements, which raised regulatory compliance issues.

As per PRA, the banks’ UK regulatory reporting framework was not designed, implemented or operating effectively, leading to a failure in submitting complete and accurate regulatory returns.

The failings continued over a long period and were serious and widespread in nature, while Citi was in surplus to its liquidity and capital requirements at all times.

It had also led to significant errors in the banks’ returns including six substantive matters that had a material impact on the returns. It implied that the reported returns did not provide PRA with an accurate picture of CGML’s capital or liquidity position.

PRA CEO and Prudential Regulation Deputy Governor Sam Woods said: “Accurate regulatory returns from firms are vital for the PRA in fulfilling our role. Citi failed to deliver accurate returns and failed to meet the standards of governance and oversight of regulatory reporting which we expect of a systemically important bank.”

Citibank agreed to resolve the issue and received a 30% reduction in the fine

As the bank had agreed to resolve the matter, it qualified for a 30% reduction in the fine, which could have been £62.7m ($80.5m).

The PRA investigated on CGML’s capital and leverage returns, CGML’s liquidity returns and, CEP UK and CBNA London’s branch returns.

The investigation found that Citi failed to put adequate human resources to ensure that CGML’s liquidity returns were complete and accurate.

Besides, it identified that the banking major’s documentation of multiple aspects of its UK regulatory reporting control framework was inadequate.