Santander fined £32m for keeping dead customers' money

    The FCA found that Santander failed to transfer funds worth more than £183 million to beneficiaries.

    Santander who is one of the biggest employer's in Milton Keynes were fined £32,817,800, the bank did not disclose information about the issues to the FCA after it became aware of them.

    A total of 40,428 customers were directly affected.

    "These failings took too long to be identified and then far too long to be fixed," Mark Steward, executive director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said.

    He said that once the company's board and senior management found out, the problems "were fixed properly and promptly".

    Mr Steward added: "But recognition of the problem took too long. Firms must be able to identify and respond to problems more quickly especially when they are causing harm to customers.

    "The FCA will continue to be on the lookout for firms with poor systems and controls and will take action to deter such failings to ensure customers are properly protected."

    Santander say it has completed a "comprehensive tracing exercise" and has transferred the majority of funds in deceased customers' accounts to their rightful beneficiaries.

    The bank has also added compensatory interest where appropriate.

    It is not known how much money is left to be transferred.

    The bank said it has conducted a thorough review of its probate and bereavement processes and made a number of changes.

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